Richard Eugene (Rick) Spencer was born at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona on Trafalgar Day in 1952. He grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and graduated from Western
Connecticut State College in 1975. During and after his college years Rick made his living in the fields of construction, factory work, security, education, food
preparation, law and health care. In between times he learned to play several musical instruments and started writing songs.  
As a soloist and with others, Rick has performed throughout the US, in Canada, England,
Portugal, France, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.  He is recognized as a composer and
writer of songs that run the range from delicate and sensitive to humorous and irreverent.
Rick is known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition. For 30 years he has traveled and
performed at venues which include concert stages, folk festivals, museums, historical societies, schools, libraries, pubs and others.
Rick Spencer sings and accompanies himself on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, concertina, mandolin, dulcimer, button
accordion and others.  He is recognized internationally as an authority on the history and presentation of traditional sea music and chanteys.
Rick Spencer can be heard on over two dozen recordings, including five as a member of the powerhouse sea music quartet Forebitter.  He has
recorded various solo projects and can be heard as session musician, arranger and producer on a number of others.  Rick can also be heard on
several compilation recordings made at international folk music festivals.
Catfeather Art & Music
Biography and Photos
In 1986 Rick was hired as a staff musician, researcher and historical interpreter at Mystic
Seaport, one of the worlds most prestigious maritime museums.  There he met Geoff Kaufman,
Craig Edwards and David Littlefield and with them formed the internationally renowned sea
music group known as "Forebitter".
 
As a staff musician for 20 years at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, Rick has worked aboard tall ships from the
days of sail and has been an instructor on sailing ships in the US, Canada and Europe.
Rick Spencer's work in the history industry has included positions as Site Administrator of the Hempsted Houses in New London and as the
Executive Director of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward  Museum in Franklin, CT.  He is the secretary for the board of directors of the New London
County Historical Society.  Currently he works as a musician full-time.
photo: Dawn Indermuehle
photo: Dawn Indermuehle
photo: Dawn Indermuehle
photo: Janet Buck-Marusov
photo: Katy O'Neill Day
photo: Katy O'Neill Day
photo: Sarah Spencer
photo: Sarah Spencer
photo: Marie Sultana Robinson
Rick Spencer has been in the historical performance industry for over 25 years. He worked for 20 years as a researcher, historian and presenter of traditional
maritime songs and sea chanteys at Mystic Seaport and has performed widely in the US, in Canada and Europe. Rick is best known for his work as a
developer and presenter of theme-based historic music programs. He is the former executive director and curator of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum in
Franklin, CT and is currently on the board of directors of the New London (CT) County Historical Society.
LongSplice ~ Joseph Morneault, Dawn Indermuehle and Rick Spencer
photo: Donna Goodspeed
Dawn Indermuehle and Rick Spencer
photo: Donna Goodspeed