Anna Patton

clarinetist, composer, teacher

Anna Patton

Clarinetist, Composer, Teacher

Anna Patton plays clarinet with great verve, clarity, and harmonic whim, drawing on a richly eclectic musical background of jazz, classical, traditional, and world music. Based in Brattleboro, VT, she performs full time for dances and concerts, composes and arranges music, and teaches ear training and swing harmony singing.

Anna’s current projects include playing dance music with bands such as Elixir and The Figments, string-band and vocal swing with Housetop, Brazilian and gypsy jazz gigs with The Will Patton Ensemble, and improvisatory Balkan/ African/ South American influenced originals with the As Yet Quintet. Her solo album, Isadore’s Breakfast – featuring her work on clarinet and vocals along with many of Vermont’s finest musicians – is a mix of French-influenced swing and fiddle tunes.

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Isadore's Breakfast

Isadore’s Breakfast, a lively, creative mix of Swing and fiddle tunes for clarinet and string band, features Franco-flavored American music including crooked Quebecois tunes, musettes, close swing harmony vocals from Housetop, and a Ben Patton original.

Anna plays clarinet and sings with these fabulous guests:

  • The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle) and Owen Morrison, (guitar/feet)
  • Housetop: Erica Morse (bass/vocals), Naomi Morse (fiddle/vocals), Peter Siegel (guitar/vocals)
  • Will Patton (bass/mandolin/octave mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), Mary Lea (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (accordion), Ben Patton (guitar/vocals), and Demse Zullo (percussion)

Buy a Copy

Isadore’s Breakfast is available at Anna’s performances for $15. You can also purchase the CD online or by mail for $18 per copy (includes shipping).

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Anna Patton
21 West St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Listen to Selections

The Blue Egg Waltz

An Anna Patton original, played with Dono, Will and Jeremiah

Let Yourself Go

Housetop sings this classic Irving Berlin number from “Follow the Fleet”

Reel du Love Shack

The Figments play a set of French Canadian reels

Anna's Gig Calendar

Fri Nov 13th, 2009 to Sun Nov 15th, 2009Atlanta Dance Weekend
Thu Dec 3rd, 2009Conference call 7:30 pm Agenda:

x- NM concert before Folk MADness
x- DC tour possibilities
x- lights for Feb
x- trademark
x- next december weekend
x- concert repertoire
x- album
x- Colorado
x- Ashokan
Thu Jan 14th, 2010Mountain View Dance 7:30 pm
Fri Jan 15th, 2010 to Sun Jan 17th, 2010Contra Carnivale
Fri Jan 22nd, 2010 to Sun Jan 24th, 2010Florida Snow Ball
Fri Feb 12th, 2010 to Sun Feb 14th, 2010The Dance Flurry
Mon Feb 15th, 2010 to Thu Feb 18th, 2010Elixir Rehearsals
Thu Feb 18th, 2010Concord Contra Dance 7:30 pm
Fri Feb 19th, 2010Brown Contra Dance 8:00 pm
Sat Feb 20th, 2010Greenfield Contra Dance 8:00 pm
Sun Feb 21st, 2010Brattleboro Contra Dance 7:30 pm
Tue Feb 23rd, 2010conference call 9:00 pm
Wed Mar 10th, 2010Conference Call 1:00 pm Agenda:
-album prep
-gigs to solicit
-photo shoot
Wed Mar 17th, 2010arranging deadline
Fri Mar 26th, 2010 to Sat Mar 27th, 2010rehearse
Sat Mar 27th, 2010concert at the Church 8:00 pm The Church
$150 rent
Sun Mar 28th, 2010 to Fri Apr 2nd, 2010elixir recording11-5 6:30-10:30 Sun
noon-6 8-midnight Mon
11-5 6:30-10:30 Tue
noon-6 8-midnight Wed
11-5 6:30-10:30 Thur
10-3 Fri
Fri Apr 9th, 2010 to Sun Apr 11th, 2010Chicago Dance Weekend
Thu Apr 15th, 2010bass tracking 10:00 am
Mon Apr 19th, 2010editing 1:00 pm
Mon Apr 26th, 2010 to Thu Apr 29th, 2010Elixir recording
Tue May 11th, 2010Conference call 3:00 pm
Thu May 27th, 2010concert 8:00 pm
Fri May 28th, 2010 to Mon May 31st, 2010FolkMADness
Tue Jun 1st, 2010mixing 12:00 pm
Fri Jun 4th, 2010mixing 12:00 pm
Mon Jun 7th, 2010mixing 12:00 pm
Sun Jun 27th, 2010Ralph Sweet Book Release Party401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 10:00 am Elixir will be joined by callers Ralph Sweet and Tony Parkes, and guest musicians Ann Percival, Corey DiMario, and Lee Blackwell.
Sun Jul 25th, 2010 to Sat Jul 31st, 2010Ashokan Northern WeekOlivebridge, NYwith Elixir
Sun Aug 8th, 2010 to Sun Aug 15th, 2010Augusta Dance WeekElkins, WVwith Elixir
Fri Sep 17th, 2010 to Sun Sep 19th, 2010Echo Summit Dance WeekendTwin Bridges, CAwith Elixir
Thu Sep 30th, 2010Concord Contra DanceConcord, MAwith Elixir 3:30 pm
Fri Oct 1st, 2010Belfast Flying Shoes Contra DanceBelfast, MEwith Elixir 4:00 pm
Sat Oct 2nd, 2010Montpelier Contra DanceMontpelier, VTwith Elixir 4:00 pm
Sun Oct 3rd, 2010Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 10:30 am
Fri Oct 29th, 2010 to Sun Oct 31st, 2010Fire Ant FrolicAustin, TXwith Elixir
Fri Nov 5th, 2010Sacramento Contra DanceSacramento CAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Nov 6th, 2010Fall Has SprungGrass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CAwith Elixir
Wed Nov 10th, 2010Swarthmore Contra DanceSwarthmore Collegewith Elixir 7:30 pm
Thu Nov 11th, 2010Glenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Nov 12th, 2010NY Gender Free Contra DanceNew York, NYwith Elixir 7:00 pm
Sat Nov 13th, 2010CDNY Fall FlingNew York, NYwith Elixir
Thu Jan 20th, 2011Concord Contra DanceConcord, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Jan 21st, 2011Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jan 22nd, 2011Peterborough Snow BallPeterborough NHwith Elixir
Sun Jan 23rd, 2011Brattleboro DanceBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Jan 28th, 2011House concertAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir 8:00 pm Check back for more details.
Sat Jan 29th, 2011Baltimore Midwinter BallBaltimore MDwith Elixir
Thu Feb 3rd, 2011Lake City contra dance12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Feb 4th, 2011 to Sun Feb 6th, 2011Dancing FoolSeattle WAwith Elixir
Fri Mar 18th, 2011Glen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Mar 20th, 2011Waltz Time DancesGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 3:30 pm waltz lesson 2:45-3:30
Sun Mar 20th, 2011Glen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Mar 25th, 2011 to Sun Mar 27th, 2011Down East Country Dance FestivalTopsham MEwith Elixir
Fri Apr 8th, 2011 to Sun Apr 10th, 2011Chesapeake Dance WeekendCamp Letts, Edgewater, MDwith Elixir
Sun Apr 10th, 2011Glen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat Apr 16th, 2011Fiddlehead FrolicIthaca, NYwith Elixir
Sun Apr 17th, 2011Bound for GloryAnabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Apr 29th, 2011Minstrel Concert SeriesMorristown, NJwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Apr 30th, 2011Swingin Tern Contra DanceEast Hanover, NJwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Jun 24th, 2011 to Sun Jun 26th, 2011June Moon Dance WeekendMorgantown, WVwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jul 16th, 2011Greenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Mon Jul 18th, 2011Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Wed Jul 20th, 2011Amherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Aug 19th, 2011 to Sat Aug 20th, 2011Summerfolk FestivalOwen Sound, ONwith Elixir
Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 to Sun Sep 4th, 2011Labor Day Dance AwayJulian, CAwith Elixir
Fri Sep 23rd, 2011 to Sat Sep 24th, 2011Feet RetreatDanbury, NCwith Elixir
Mon Sep 26th, 2011Asheville Contra DanceGrey Eagle Tavern, 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NCwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Tue Sep 27th, 2011Winston-Salem Contra DanceVintage Theater, 7 Vintage Ave, Winston-Salem, NCwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Wed Sep 28th, 2011Charlotte Contra DanceCharlotte, NCwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Thu Sep 29th, 2011Asheville Contra DanceWarren Wilson College, Bryson Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NCwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Sep 30th, 2011Atlanta Contra DanceClarkston Community Center,3701 College Ave, Clarkston, GAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Oct 1st, 2011Huntsville Concert/Contra DanceFaith Presbyterian Church, 5003 Whitesburg Dr, Huntsville, ALwith Elixir 5:00 pm Concert 5-7 PM, Contra Dance 8 - 11 PM
Sun Oct 2nd, 2011River Falls Waltz/Contra DanceRiver Falls Lodge, River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SCwith Elixir 3:30 pm
Fri Oct 7th, 2011Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance143 Church Street, Belfast, MEwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Oct 8th, 2011North Yarmouth Contra DanceWestcustogo Grange, Rt 115 and Rt 9, N. Yarmouth, MEwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Oct 21st, 2011 to Sun Oct 23rd, 2011Charlottesville Fall FestivalCharlottesville, VAwith Elixir
Sun Oct 23rd, 2011Greenwood Contra DanceGreenwood Community Center, 865 Greenwood Rd, Greenwood, VAwith Elixir 6:30 pm
Sat Nov 5th, 2011 to Sun Nov 13th, 2011Denmark tourDenmarkwith Elixir
Fri Jan 6th, 2012Concord Experienced Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jan 7th, 2012Concert at Hooker Dunham TheaterBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sun Jan 8th, 2012Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Jan 13th, 2012 to Sun Jan 15th, 2012Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Great Bear Trio, Tidal Wave, Susan Michaels, and George Marshall
Mon Jan 16th, 2012Palo Alto Contra Dance 7:30 pm Special post-Contra Carnivale event!
Thu Feb 2nd, 2012Seattle Contra DanceLake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 to Sun Feb 5th, 2012Dancing Fool Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith Elixirw/ Latter Day Lizards and Cis Hinkle
Fri Feb 17th, 2012 to Sun Feb 19th, 2012Knoxville Dance WeekendKnoxville, TNwith ElixirElixir, Great Bear Trio, and Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey")
Sat Mar 10th, 2012CDNY Special EventChinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, New York, NYwith Elixir 5:45 pm Experienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45, Regular Contra Dance from 9:00 - Midnight
Thu Mar 15th, 2012Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Mar 16th, 2012College Hill Contra Dance372 Wayland Ave, Providence, RIwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Mar 17th, 2012Greenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Apr 20th, 2012 to Sun Apr 22nd, 2012When in Doubt, Swing!Dallas, TXwith Elixir
Fri May 4th, 2012 to Sun May 6th, 2012May Madness Dance WeekendClarkdale, AZwith Elixirw/ The Groovemongers, The Great Bear Trio, and Will Mentor
Wed May 16th, 2012Amherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat May 19th, 2012Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun May 20th, 2012Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Wed May 30th, 2012Princeton Contra DanceSuzanne Patterson Community Center, Princeton, NJwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Thu May 31st, 2012Glenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Jun 1st, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 8:30 pm
Sat Jun 2nd, 2012House ConcertAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir 4:00 pm Private event
Sun Jun 3rd, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat Jun 23rd, 2012Spokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Jun 24th, 2012 to Sat Jun 30th, 2012Lady of the Lake June weekCouer d'Alene, IDwith Elixir
Sat Sep 1st, 2012Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Sep 2nd, 2012New World FestivalRandolph, VTwith Elixir 12:00 pm
Sun Sep 2nd, 2012Brattleboro Dawn DanceGibson Aiken Center, Main St, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm We'll be keeping the party going from Midnight to 3:30 AM. Other bands are Wild Asparagus (first set) and the Russet Trio with Quena Crane calling (last set). It's going to be a great night, don't miss it!
Fri Sep 21st, 2012Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixir 7:30 pm w/ Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Sat Sep 22nd, 2012Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixir 5:45 pm Experienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45 PM, Contra Dance for everyone from 9 PM to Midnight
Sun Sep 23rd, 2012Contrastock IISpanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 11:00 am w/ Wild Asparagus, Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Fri Oct 12th, 2012 to Sun Oct 14th, 2012Elixir Cape Cod Dance WeekendCamp Farley, Mashpee, MAwith Elixirw/ Elixir, Crowfoot and caller Will Mentor, and English Country Dance with staff musicians and caller Melissa host (and caller) Mary Wesley, and Tony Hernandez running sound!
Fri Oct 19th, 2012 to Sun Oct 21st, 2012Lavender Country and Folk Dancers Fall Dance CampCamp Chimney Corners, Becket, MAwith Elixir
Fri Oct 26th, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith Elixir 8:30 pm It's the Friday Night Dance Halloween Contra Dance PARTY!
Sun Oct 28th, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Nov 16th, 2012 to Sun Nov 18th, 2012Fleur de Lis Fling Dance WeekendLouisville, KYwith Elixir
Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 to Sat Nov 24th, 2012Rochester Thanksgiving Dance WeekendSalem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street, Rochester, NYwith Elixir
Fri Jan 4th, 2013Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jan 5th, 2013Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Jan 11th, 2013 to Sat Jan 12th, 2013Phoenix Friends of Traditional Music Mini-Dance WeekendKenilworth School, Phoenix, AZwith Elixir
Fri Jan 25th, 2013Club Passim Concert (opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem)47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm We LOVE Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and are honored to be opening for them at Club Passim. This show is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance. Help us celebrate our Passim debut!

If you can't be there in person you can still watch online via Concert Window!
Sat Jan 26th, 2013Peterborough Snow BallTown Hall, Peterborough, NHwith Elixir 12:00 pm We play from 3 to 6 PM. Full schedule as follows:
12 PM - Moving Violations w/ Rebecca Lay
3 PM - Elixir
6 PM - Crowfoot w/ Steve Zakon-Anderson
9 PM - Latter Day Lizards w/ Lisa Greenleaf