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^
2015-2016 Season

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

For more information, email
(401) 822-1979

Saturday, January 16,2016 8-11pm. Beginners at 7:30pm.
The French Connection
Northboro Contra Dance, Northboro, MA
Caller: Bill Fischer
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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7-10pm
The French Connection, with Damaris Rohsenow playing piano.
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Location: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.
For more information,
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 8-11pm, 7:30pm Beginners
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Mystic Contra Dance: The Pie Dance. Air Conditioned!
Caller: Paul Wilde
Pie: TBA
Location: Frohsinn Hall, 58 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355
Directions: From I95, x90 South onto Rte. 27 toward Mystic Seaport. Hall is on left, opposite the tugboat. Parking lot.
Friday, May 6, 2016, 8-11pm, Beginners at 7:30.
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Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)
Caller: Rich Sbardella
Location: Patriots Park Lodge, 124 Lake Street, Coventry, CT
Directions: From East or West, use Rte. 44 to Rte. 31S. From North or South, Rte. 31 to Coventry.
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:30-10pm, with a short lesson from 7:15-7:30pm, and a short break around 8:45pm.
The French Connection
Hartford Country Dance (HCD), Wethersfield, CT
Caller: TBA
Friday, August 19, 2016. 7-10pm. Beginner’s Workshop, 6:30pm
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Caller: Bill Fischer
Providence Community Dance (Third Fridays)
Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, 134 Mathewson Street Church, downtown Providence, RI 02903. AIR CONDITIONED!!
(Sponsored by MSUMC Dance Coordinating Team)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7-10pm
Sandywoods Contra Dance.
The French Connection
Caller: Paul Wilde
Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878
Directions at:
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Beginners at 7:15pm and a short break around 8:45pm.
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Hartford Country Dance (HCD) Caller: TBD
Location: Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT
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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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