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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Or send a check (with your mailing address) to:

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 Oct 11th, 2013 to Sun Oct 13th, 2013Harvest MoonCarillo Ballroom, Santa Barbara, CAwith Elixirw/ Crowfoot and caller Mary Wesley!
Fri Oct 25th, 2013 to Sun Oct 27th, 2013Music City MasqueradeNashville, TNwith Elixir
Fri Nov 1st, 2013Hartwick College Contra DancePine Lake Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd, Oneonta, NYwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Nov 2nd, 2013Cornell Square/Contra DanceMemorial Room, Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYwith Elixir 4:00 pm Schedule:

4-6 pm - A mix of singing squares and traditional figures...accessible to ALL!
Come, and bring friends.

8-11 pm - Contra Dance

Parking can be challenging on campus. This link might help:
Sun Nov 3rd, 2013Cornell ConcertAppel Commons 303, Cornell North Campus, Ithaca, NYwith Elixir 2:00 pm Sponsored by the Cornell Folk Song Society.
Fri Nov 29th, 2013Glen Echo Contra DanceSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 8:30 pm It's Black Friday! Come dance!
Sat Nov 30th, 2013DC Square DanceNorth Hall at Eastern Market, 225 7th St SE, Washington, DCwith Elixir 8:00 pm Details TBA…
Sun Dec 1st, 2013Glen Echo Waltz TimeSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 3:30 pm
Sun Dec 1st, 2013Glen Echo Contra DanceSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Dec 6th, 2013 to Sun Dec 8th, 2013Winter WarmUpWorthington Community Center, 345 East Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, Ohiowith Elixirw/ Gallimaufry
Fri Jan 10th, 2014 to Sat Jan 11th, 2014Phoenix Winter FrolicKenilworth School, 1210 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZwith Elixir
Fri Jan 24th, 2014 to Sun Jan 26th, 2014Florida Snow Ball5500 Shore Blvd. South, Gulfport, FLwith Elixirw/ Great Bear Trio and caller George Marshall
Thu Mar 6th, 2014Concord Contra Dance74 Walden Rd, Concord, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Mar 7th, 2014Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music Concert SeriesNext Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm w/ The Sweetback Sisters!

Tickets $16 in advance, $18 at the door. Information available by calling (802) 387-0102.
Sat Mar 8th, 2014Jamaica Plain Gender-free Contra DanceFirst Church, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sun Mar 9th, 2014Club Passim47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MAwith Elixir 4:30 pm Tickets $12
We'll be celebrating the release of Anybody's Guess with a show at Club Passim in Cambridge.
Sun Mar 30th, 2014Glen Echo Waltz TimeSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 3:30 pm
Fri Apr 11th, 2014 to Sun Apr 13th, 2014Toronto Spring ThawSt. Barnabas Church, 175 Hampton Ave, Toronto, ONwith Elixir
Fri Apr 25th, 2014 to Sun Apr 27th, 2014Portland RaindanceNorse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, ORwith Elixirw/ Perpetual e-Motion and Maggie Jo Saylor
Fri May 9th, 2014 to Sun May 11th, 2014Cape Cod Dance WeekendCamp Farley, Mashpee, MAwith Elixirw/ Nor'easter, and callers Sue Rosen (ECD, contras, and squares) and Mary Wesley (contras and squares)!
Fri May 23rd, 2014 to Mon May 26th, 2014FolkMADnessNew Mexico Tech, Socorro, NMwith Elixirw/ The Privy Tippers and Will Mentor
Sat Jun 7th, 2014Private EventAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir 4:00 pm
Sun Jun 8th, 2014Glen Echo Contra DanceSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat Jun 21st, 2014Spokane Folklore Society Contra DanceSt. John Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven Ave, Post Falls, IDwith Elixir 7:00 pm
Sun Jun 22nd, 2014 to Sat Jun 28th, 2014Lady of the LakeCoeur D'Alene, IDwith Elixirw/ Lots of great folks. This is fantastic camp in a beautiful setting. Make the trip to join us for the week!