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.


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The French Connection
Traditional Contra Dance Tunes with a French Accent

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

For more information, email
(401) 822-1979

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
Exeter Fall Festival
Dexter Fiddles Vendor Booth

The French Connection: 1pm-2pm, 2pm Auction.
Address: Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI 02822
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7-10pm
The Bourne Contra Dance
The French Connection
Caller: Beth Parkes
Location: Bourne United Methodist Church, 37 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA
Directions: Within ½ mile of the Bourne Rotary.
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 8-11pm  7:30 Beginners
The French Connection
Cape Cod Contra Dances: Bourne
Caller: Linda Leslie
Location: Bourne United Methodist Church, 37 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA
Directions: Directions: Within 1/2 mile of Bourne Rotary.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8-11pm
The French Connection
Cape Cod Contra Dances: Bourne
Caller: Marcie Van Cleave
Location: Bourne United Methodist Church
Address: 37 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA, within 1/2 mile of Bourne Rotary.
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8-11pm
The French Connection and Howie Bursen on Banjo
Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)

Caller: Elwood Donnelly
Location: Storrs Congregational Church; adjacent to University of Connecticut (UConn), corner of North Eagleville Road and Rte. 195(CT), Storrs, CT
Directions: From Providence, Rte. 6W. Turn right onto Rte. 195[CT]N to 2 North Eagleville Road on left, just before Rte. 44 intersection. Left before church, then right onto driveway for parking behind and lower level entrance into Church.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8-11pm, 7:30 Beginners
Northboro Contra Dance
The French Connection
Paul Wilde
Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 40 Church Street, Northboro, MA
Directions: Rte. 495 x24 (Marlboro/Northboro) onto Rte. 20W towards Northboro. In 3.8 miles, cross RR tracks and turn right at second traffic light onto Church Street. Bear left at fork (with church in front of you), turn right onto Howard Street, and immediately right onto one-way street next to the Parish Hall. Parking on grounds.
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30-8:45pm
Intro to Contra Dancing
Caller: Dan Pearl
Mansfield High School Room 125
Sunday, April 27, 2014,10:30-11:45am
Intro to Contra Dancing
Caller: Bob Golder
Mansfield High School Room 123
70th New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Mansfield Middle and High Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8-11pm, 7:45pm Beginners
The French Connection with Craid Edwards on Guitar and Fiddle
New Haven Country Dancers

Caller: TBA
Location: Branford Community Center, 46 Church St., Branford, CT 06405
Directions: Rte. 95 x54S (Cedar Street) towards Branford Center, crossing Rte. 1, until it ends at Main Street. Left on Main and almost immediate right at the fork onto South Main. First right from South Main onto Eades Street, which ends at the parking lot of the Community Center. Second floor.
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8-11pm, Beginners at 7:30pm
The French Connection
Worcester Contra Dance

Caller: Don Veino
Location:Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street at the corner with State Street, downtown Worcester, MA
Directions: From MA Pike West (I-90) get onto Rte. 290 East/North to x17. Turn left at light at end of ramp onto Belmont St. (Rte. 9). Go down hill, through a set of lights. At the next set of lights, turn left onto Main Street . Take second right onto State St. Church is on the left, corner of State Street. Park on State Street or in back of church.
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8-11pm, 7:300pm Beginners
Mystic Contra Dance: The Pie Dance
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Caller: Bill Fischer
Pie: Apple
Location: Frohsinn Hall (aka The German Club), Rte. 27S (Greenmanville Avenue), Mystic, CT
Directions (from the South): Rte. 95x90 onto Rte. 27S. Hall is on the left opposite Mystic Seaport’s Tug Boat. Parking lot.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8-11pm, 7:30 Beginners
The French Connection
Cape Cod Contra Dances: Cotuit
Caller: John Alden
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.
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 401-822-1979 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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