Elixir

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Elixir is a high energy dance band and caller combination that brings together superb calling, driving fiddle and rhythm guitar, and the excitement of a full horn section which creates a thrill in contra dance that is unequaled.  The band 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 many other events.
 

Elixir is:

Nils Fredland, calling / trombone / vocals
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, trumpet / flugelhorn
Anna Patton, clarinet / vocals
Owen Morrison, guitar / 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 available now!  And while these recordings certainly rock, the real thing is even better!