The French Connection

Deck Nieforth on Harmonica, Spoons and Feet.
Dan Lanier on Fiddle and Guitar.
Mike Fischman on Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin.
Dan is shown with his Dexter Fiddle.


"Arkansas Traveller" as played by
The French Connection

The French Connection
Traditional Contra Dance* Tunes with a French Accent^
2019-2020 Season

Dan Lanier on Fiddle, Guitar; Deck Nieforth on Harmonica, Feet, Spoons; Mike Fischman on Guitar, Mandolin

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 7pm Beginners; 7 :30-10:30pm Contra Dance

East Bay Contra Dance - The French Connection, with Demaris Rohsenow on piano.

Caller: Rich Sbardella
Location: Warren Armory, 11 Jefferson Street, Warren, RI 02885
Directions: From Providence, Rte. 195E to Rte. 114x/Barrington. Continue on Rte. 114S through Barrington, over the two bridges onto Main Street in Warren. Jefferson Street is across from the Mary Quinn School on Main Street. Turn right from Main onto Jefferson after
Saturday, October 12, 7:30-10:30pm

The French Connection at Hartford Community Contra Dance

Caller: TBA
Location: Griffith Dance Academy, Wethersfield, CT
CANCELLED Friday through Sunday,April 24-26, 2020

NEFFA (New England Folk Festival)

Location: Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720
The French Connection

Photo by: Carol Entin

THE FRENCH CONNECTION’S PREMIER CD — "The French Connection: Reels, Jigs, and Other Dance Tunes" — IS NOW AVAILABLE!! Email or call 401-751-7269 to reserve your copy! Only $12 each!

The French Connection CD, "Reels, Jigs and Other Dance Tunes" has been made part of the Douglas and Helena Milne Special Collections and Archives of Traditional Music & Dance at the University of New Hampshire Library in Durham, NH.

"Reels, Jigs and Other Dance Tunes" has been added to the New England Folk Music Archives located in Boston, MA. These Archives preserve, interpret, present and document the ongoing cultural legacy of folk music in all its forms and its connections to New England....


Gilles Roberge is a radio host of traditional music in Canada. Known as Mr. Folklore Québécois, he heard a local station and requested the “Reels, Jigs, and Other Dance Tunes” CD. His broadcasts are in high demand and connoisseurs of fine traditional and folk music can be heard on his eight radio stations in Quebec!

Roger Laliberte is playing The French Connection CD often on weekends on his French program on WNRI-AM in Woonsocket, RI and throughout Southern New England. It is also being aired on local radio station WUNH-FM in Durham (NH), and WCUW — 91.3FM Worcester (MA) Community Radio.

“I just wanted to let you know that I played a couple of tracks from the album on Sunday’s show. I love it! I love the old chestnuts from the golden age of contra dance as well as the two French Canadian sets I played yesterday.”

Roland Goodbody, Archivist, Archives of Traditional Music and Dance
Ceili, WUNH, 91.3FM
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

The Goff Hall Collection of Original Dance Tunes and Favorite Recipes, created by Dan Lanier and illustrated by Carol Entin, is available for $12.50

Cover by: Carol Entin

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