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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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

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 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.
Wednesday, August 19, 7-10pm.
The French Connection
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Sandywoods Center for the Arts
43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8-11pm. 7:30pm Beginners.
The French Connection, with Craig Edwards on his DexterFiddle
University Dance/Quiet Corner Contra Dance (QCCD)
Caller: Ron Belchner
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. 195N to 2 North Eagleville Road, just before Rte. 44 intersection. Parking behind church.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm, Beginners 7pm.
The French Connection with Tom Randall on Piano
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Worcester Contra Dance
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street, corner State Street, 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, opposite the Unitarian Universalist Church. Park on State Street or in lot behind church.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm.Beginners at 7:15pm. $10.
The French Connection
East Bay Contra Dance
Caller: Lucia Watson
Location: Warren Armory, 11 Jefferson Street, 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. Jefferson Street is across from the Mary Quinn School on Main Street. Turn right from Main onto Jefferson after the Coffee Depot.
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8-11pm 7:45pm Beginners.
The French Connection with Becky Miller on fiddle and piano
New Haven Country Dancers
Caller: Bill Fischer
Location: Branford Community Center, 46 Church Street, 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, 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
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
The French Connection
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.
The French Connection
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.
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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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