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
2014-2015 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, August 9, 2014, 8-11pm, 7:30 Beginners
The French Connection (with Tom Goux on guitar)
Cape Cod Contra Dances: Cotuit
Caller: Dan Pearl
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.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 8-11pm; 7:30 Beginners lessons
The French Connection (with Russell Orzechowki on fiddle and piano)
Summer Dance Series
Caller: Steve Howland
Location: Finn Park on Demond Pond, Rutland, MA
Sponsored in part by the Finnish Heritage, Society-Sovittaja and the Rutland Cultural Council.
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8-11pm. 7:30pm Beginners
The French Connection with Tod Whittemore on Guitar
Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)
Caller: David Lindsay
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, November 1, 2014, 8-11pm. 7:30 Beginners
The French Connection
Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)
Caller: Steve Howland
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, November 15, 2014, 8-11pm. Beginners 7:45pm
The French Connection, with Anna Magee on Fiddle, Dan Lanier on Guitar and Mandolin.
Cape Dances: East Sandwich Grange Hall, East Sandwich, MA
Caller: John Alden
Wednesday, December 31, 2014/15! 6pm Pot Luck Dinner; 8-11:45 Dance; 11:45pm-12am, Midnight Madness; 12:15am, Last Waltz. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hartford (CT) Community Dance Annual New Year’s Eve Dance
The French Connection with Tom Randall on Piano

Caller: Donna Hunt
Location: West Hartford Town Hall, Main Street, West Hartford, CT
Directions: Rte. 84W to x43N Park Road onto Park Road. At second light, turn right onto South Main Street for about 3/10 miles to West Hartford Town Hall and Conference Center, a large brick building on right. Make right into gated parking lot and take ticket inside for validation. Enter building through pillared entryway on Main Street side to front of the building, up the broad steps.
For more information: Kate Mahoney, or
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 8-11pm, 7:45 Beginners
The French Connection including Mike Fishman on guitar
Northboro Contra Dance
Caller: Tim Van Egmond
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8-11pm. Beginners' lesson at 7:30pm.
Mystic Contra Dance: The Pie Dance
The French Connection including Doc Stevens on guitar
Caller: Linda Leslie
Pie: Chocolate
Location: Frohsinn Hall (aka The German Club), Rte. 27S (Greenmanville Avenue), Mystic, CT
Directions: Rte. 95x90 onto Rte. 27S. Hall is on the left opposite Mystic Seaport’s Tug Boat. Parking lot.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7-10pm
The French Connection
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Location: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.
Friday April 3, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm.Beginners at 7:15pm. $8
The French Connection
East Bay Contra Dance
Caller: Paul Wilde
Location:Warren Armory, 11 Jefferson St., Warren, RI 02885
Directions: From Providence, Rte. 195E to Rte. 114x/Barrington. Continue on Rte. 114 through Barrington, over the two bridges to Main Street in Warren. Armory is on your left. Across Main Street from the Mary Quinn School. Coming over the Barrington bridges toward Bristol, turn right onto Jefferson after Coffee Depot.
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8-11pm. 7:30 Beginners.
The French Connection
Worcester Contra Dance
Caller: Don Heinold
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St., corner State St., Worcester, MA
Directions: From Providence, Rte 6W to Rte. 295N to Rte. 146NW to Worcester. North end of Main Street near Lincoln Square, at the corner of State Street. Park on State Street or in lot behind church.

New Haven Dance, Branford, CT, May 17, 2014, Video by Kevin Mabon.

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8-11pm, 7:45pm Beginners
The French Connection with Craig Edwards on Guitar and Fiddle
New Haven Country Dancers

Caller: David Kaynor
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.
**TO BE CONFIRMED**The New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2015
Friday, 7pm-11:30pm, Saturday, 10am-5:30pm, 4pm-11:30pm, Sunday, 10am-5:30pm.

Loation: Mansfield Middle and High Schools, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
International Dancing, Performances, Singing, Juried Crafts, Kids’ Activities, Food, Folk Bazaar.
DEXTER FIDDLES Vendor Booth in the Juried Crafts Room throughout the Festival. (Juried Crafts Room closes daily at 9:15pm.)*
Directions: Directions: I-95x7A onto Rte. 140S. In a mile, turn left at light onto Rte. 106E for 1.8 mules. Then sharp right onto East Street. Festival is in 5 miles. Signs posted. Parking lots.
For more information,
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8-11pm, 7:30 Beginners.
Deck Nieforth on Harmonica, Feet, Spoons; Mike Fischman on Guitar and Mandolin; Dan Lanier on his five-stringed DexterFiddle, Guitar and Mandolin.
Mystic Contra Dance
Caller: Elwood Donnelly
Pie: TBA
Location: Frohsinn Hall, 58 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355
Directions: From Providence, From I95, x90 South onto Rte. 27 toward Mystic Seaport. Hall is on left, opposite the tugboat. Parking lot.
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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 401-822-1979 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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