Dexter Fiddles

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^
2018-2019 Season

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

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Saturday, July 14, 2018, 7:30-10:30pm, 7:15 Beginners
Hartford Community Contra Dance

Location: Griffith Dance Academy, Wethersfield, CT
Friday, September 7, 7:30 lesson, 8-11pm dancing
Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)

Caller: Sandy LeFleur
Location: Patriot's Hall, 124 Lake Street, Coventry, CT
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:30pm lesson, 8-11pm Dancing.
New Haven Contra Dance

Caller: Rich Sbardella
Location: The Friends Meeting House, 225 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30pm lesson. 8-11pm dancing.
Northboro Contra Dance

Caller: Tod Whittemore
Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 40 Church St., Northboro, MA
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7:30 Lesson, 8-11pm Dance
Cotuit Contra Dance

Caller: TBA
Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, MA
Directions: Rte. 195E to Rte. 28S. East of the intersection of Rtes. 28 and 130, take Main Street into Cotuit. Go through the center of the village, and Freedom Hall is on your left. Parking lot.
Monday, December 31, 2018-Tuesday, January 2, 2019, 8-12pm. 10pm. Pot Luck Dessert Buffet. Free.
Sunday Night Jammers and South County Jammers

Caller: Various
Location: Goff Hall, Blanding Street, Rehoboth, MA
Wednesday, January 17, 2019, 7:30-10:30pm
The French Connection

Caller: TBA
Location: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.
Friday, February 1, 2019, 7-10pm
East Bay Contra Dance

Caller: TBA
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
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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