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The French Connection/Not Just Another Coffeehouse
The French Connection
September 15, 2012
The French Connection plays traditional contra music with a French accent.
The French Connection is:
- · DECK NIEFORTH Deck Nieforth’s grandmother carried a harmonica around in her apron pocket; his father was a carpenter and old-time fiddler from Nova Scotia. Apprenticed in the family construction business since childhood, the now Master Finish Carpenter always loved this music, but he was in his fifties before a local fiddler put him and his harmonica in her band. Soon he had two contra dance bands of his own, playing the hundreds of traditional tunes he’d learned by ear. Deck handcrafts fiddles and wooden musical spoons which you’ll hear during French Connection performances because he plays the spoons and Dan plays a 5-string fiddle that Deck made for him. Deck plays drums, feet, harmonica, and washtub bass in some other bands.
- · DAN LANIER Dan Lanier, who has enjoyed playing the violin and other instruments for over four decades in various settings, especially loves the thrill and exuberance of square and contra dances. Having played in the ‘60s and ‘70s with some of the great New England musicians and callers of the contra dance revival, Dan brings a deep appreciation for the old styles and the essence of the genre. He has composed hundreds of jigs, reels, waltzes, and other pieces. In 1982, Dan was a founder of the Rehoboth, MA contra series at Goff Hall, where he played monthly during its formative years with the band “Geese in the Bog.” Together, Deck and Dan have fun creating spontaneous harmonies with reeds and strings, adding a fresh and exciting dimension to the music.
- · MIKE FISCHMAN Mike Fischman arrived in Rhode Island in April of 1985 to escape the cultural wasteland of eastern Long Island, while retiring from his career with the competition volleyball team "Renegade Potatoes." Since then he has played guitar, banjo, bass mandolin, harmonica, bodhrán, tin whistles, and other sundry folk instruments in bluegrass bands, ceili bands, old timey bands, singer-songwriter groups, sea shanty ensembles, Dixieland quintets, blues bands, swing orchestras, kid shows, school shows, show and tell, etc. He has been a guest in many other folk groups’ recordings, including one country music production that won a 1995 Boston Music Award, and Mike has produced several of his own CD’s.
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.... www.newenglandfolkmusic.org
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The Unitarian Church of Sharon occupies the town's historic meetinghouse. Built in 1842, the facility is actually the third of that name, according to the church's website. The first one was built in 1742 and the second one in 1787. The current meeting house includes timber from the 1787 structure, according to the church. The church typically draws 100 people for a 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, says the Rev. Jim Robinson, the pastor.
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