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: 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.
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 Culbural Council.
TO BE CONFIRMED: 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.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014/15! 6pm Pot Luck Dinner; 8-11:45 Dance; 11:45pm-12am, Midnight Madness; 12:15am, Last Waltz. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hartford Contra Dances
The French Connection

Caller: Donna Hunt
Location: West Hartford Town Hall, Main Street, West Hartford, CT
For more information, Kate Mahoney, or
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8-11pm. Beginners' lesson at 7:30pm.
Mystic Contra Dance: The Pie Dance
Caller: TBA
Pie: TBA
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.

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 Lindsay
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.)*
The French Connection: TBA
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,
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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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