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 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!
Fri Sep 12th, 2014 to Sun Sep 14th, 2014Swallowtail Dance WeekendCamp Becket, Becket, MAwith Elixirw/ well…Swallowtail!
Fri Oct 3rd, 2014Boulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Oct 4th, 2014Fort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), Fort Collins, COwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Oct 5th, 2014Denver Contra DanceHighlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver, COwith Elixir 1:00 pm Waltzes and couples dancing at 1 PM, contras from 2 to 5 PM!
Fri Oct 17th, 2014 to Sat Oct 18th, 2014Contra ShockNew York Citywith Elixirw/ Maivish and Will Mentor

Schedule (subject to change):
10/17 - Brooklyn Contra Dance, 7:30 pm beginner’s lesson, 8 to 11 pm contra dance for all
10/18 - CDNY contra for experienced dancers, 4 to 6 pm; 7:30 pm beginner’s lesson, 8 to 11 pm contra dance for all
Sun Oct 19th, 2014Contrastock IVSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 1:00 pm w/ Perpetual e-Motion, The Coffee Zombies, and callers Will Mentor and Bev Bernbaum.

Don't miss's gonna be another great Contrastock party.
Fri Nov 7th, 2014 to Sun Nov 9th, 2014Atlanta Dance WeekendAtlanta, GAwith Elixirw/ Maivish and caller Luke Donforth
Fri Jan 16th, 2015 to Sun Jan 18th, 2015Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Wild Asparagus, Crowfoot, and caller Lisa Greenleaf
Fri Feb 13th, 2015 to Sun Feb 15th, 2015Dance FlurrySaratoga Springs Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NYwith Elixir
Wed Mar 4th, 2015Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Mar 6th, 2015Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden Rd, Concord, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Mar 7th, 2015Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Apr 10th, 2015 to Sun Apr 12th, 2015Bug Stomp Dance WeekendFelix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle East
North Charleston, SC 29405
with Elixir
w/ Contraforce and caller Maggie Jo Saylor
Thu May 7th, 2015Rochester Contra DanceConvenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NYwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri May 8th, 2015Buffalo Contra DanceElmwood Ave & W Ferry St
Buffalo NY 14222
United Stateswith Elixir
7:30 pm
Sat May 9th, 2015Cornell Contra DanceCornell University, Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NYwith ElixirSchedule:

12:30pm-2:30pm: Singing Square Caller's Workshop
4pm-6 pm: Contra Dance for Experienced Dancers
8 pm-11 pm: Contra dance for All
Thu May 14th, 2015 to Sun May 17th, 2015Almost HeavenCamp Ramblewood, Darlington, MDwith ElixirWe'll be joined by Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey") on percussion all weekend long!

w/ Swallowtail
Fri Jun 26th, 2015 to Sun Jun 28th, 2015Old Songs FestivalAltamont Fairgrounds, 129 Grand, Altamont, NYwith Elixir
Fri Sep 18th, 2015 to Sun Sep 20th, 2015Echo Summit Dance Weekend18880 US Highway 50
Twin Bridges CA 95721
United Stateswith Elixir
Fri Sep 25th, 2015Greenfield Challenging Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301
United Stateswith Elixir
8:00 pm
Sat Sep 26th, 2015Private EventCraftsbury, VTwith Elixir 4:00 pm
Fri Oct 9th, 2015 to Sun Oct 11th, 2015Mountain Madness Dance WeekendJonesborough Visitor's Center, Jonesborough, TNwith Elixir
Fri Nov 6th, 2015Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Nov 7th, 2015Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Nov 8th, 2015Greenfield Fall Frolic Fundraiser Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
2:00 pm A fundraiser for the Friends of the Grange. Elixir will kick things off, playing from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.