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 28, 2017, 8-11pm; 7:45 Beginners
Mystic Contra Dance
The French Connection
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Pie: Chocolate
Location: Froehsinn 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.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The French Connection
Location: Quaker Meeting House, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven, CT
Caller: Rich Sbardella.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Beginners at 7:15pm and a short break around 8:45pm.
The French Connection
Hartford Country Dance (HCD) Caller: TBD
Location: Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8-11pm. Beginners at 7:30pm.
The French Connection
Northboro Contra Dance, Northboro, MA
Caller: Don Veino
Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 40 Church St., 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, 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.
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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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