Ethan's love of traditional music and dance goes back to his parents. His father played the guitar and sang, though only at home, and his mother regularly took part in country dancing. His enthusiasm for the traditional music of the northeast of England, as well as for Irish music, was sparked by a friend at university, but remained largely dormant for many years until he moved to Ryton in 1990. In the meantime, he spent some time in the USA where he sporadically played old-time and bluegrass fiddle. Having moved to the northeast, he decided it was time to take traditional fiddle music seriously. He became a keen session participant and has been playing fiddle in ceilidh bands for over 20 years. He joined the Angels in 2013.