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.


This text will be replaced by the flash music player.

Arkansas Traveller

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

Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm. Beginners at 7:15. $10
The French Connection
East Bay Contra Dance
Caller: Tod Whittemore
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 Coffee Depot. The Armory is on your left.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8-11pm, 7:30 Beginners
The French Connection, with Anna Magee on Fiddle and Dan Lanier on Guitar
Cape Cod Contra Dances: Cotuit
Caller: Rich Sbardella
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.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm.
The French Connection
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Sandywoods Center for the Arts
43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI. Air conditioned! For more information,
Friday, October 20, 2017, 8-11pm; Beginners at 7:30pm.
The French Connection
Providence Community Dance, Mathewson Street United Methodist Church,
134 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI. 02903. Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6. (Sponsored by MUSUMC Dance Coordinating Team.
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8-11pm. Beginners at 7:30pm
The French Connection
Northboro Contra Dance, Northboro, MA
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Location:First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 40 Church St., Northboro, MA
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:30-10:30pm. Beginners at 7:15. $10
East Bay Contra Dance
The French Connection
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Location: Warren Armory, 11 Jefferson Street, Warren, RI 02885
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8-11pm 7:45pm Beginners.
The French Connection
New Haven/Branford, CT Country Dancers
Caller: TBA
Back to top of page About Contra Dancing
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

Other Events Musician Bios