Elixir is a high energy dance band and caller combination that blends superb calling, driving fiddle and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section. Elixir performs tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles and evoking a variety of moods. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elixir plays for dances, festivals, camps, weddings and other events, with a repertoire that includes music for contra, square, English and swing dancing; waltzing; couples dancing; and concert programs.
The band features Nils Fredland (calling, trombone and vocals), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Jesse Hazzard-Watkins (trumpet and flugelhorn), Anna Patton (clarinet and vocals) and Owen Morrison (guitar and foot percussion).
Since its start in 2005, Elixir has evolved a sound that combines musical innovation with strong danceability, and has quickly become popular with dancers and audiences all over the country. In 2007 the band recorded a short four-track CD (now out of print), and in 2008 released their first full-length recording entitled Super Tonic. Their brand new CD Rampant is hot off the presses. And while these recordings certainly rock, the real thing is even better – we hope you’ll join us soon at the New World Festival!