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Ballads and Barn Dances: Cornwall’s Home Grown Music

Lorraine Choiniere Hammond


Cornwall, Connecticut-raised Lorraine Hammond is a well-known folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.


Cornwall cared deeply and well for both my parents, Joe and Eleanor Choiniere. After their deaths in 2002 and 2003, I offered a homecoming concert at the Town Hall as a way to thank the town. My husband Bennett and I invited folks to bring along their instruments and jam with us later. That inspired Rachel Gall and some other players to create their own dance band and start up a whole new generation of Cornwall homemade music traditions. – Lorraine Hammond




Joe Choiniere

Eleanor Choiniere