Catfeather Art & Music

Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

Biography and Photos

Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle develop and
present a series of theme-based music and history
programs. They present songs that give cultural
insight into interesting times, places and events in
American history.  Rick and Dawn carefully craft
their vocals and accompaniment to sound as true to
a song’s era or style as possible.  Their vast
repertoire includes music from the Colonial era to
the present day.  Rick and Dawn use these songs to
illustrate the evolution of our nation’s culture and
history in an informative and entertaining way.

photo: Sarah Spencer

Rick’s resume includes 20 years as a staff musician, researcher and program developer
at Mystic Seaport Museum.  He toured widely in America and Europe as a member of the
sea chantey quartet “Forebitter.”  Rick worked at two historic house museums in eastern
Connecticut. He was site administrator of the Hempsted Houses in New London, as well
as curator and director of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum in Franklin. He served on
the board of directors of the New London County Historical Society.

Dawn is responsible for researching and developing program material and creating period-appropriate vocal
accompaniment on a wide range of historical songs from throughout American History.  In addition to her duet
work with Rick, she also performs as a member of the ensembles LongSplice and Locomotive Shipwreck.  She
has worked as business manager for several performing artists.  Dawn is a proud host Mom for four wonderful
high school students from China and is an Airbnb “Superhost”.

photo courtesy of the Richter Center for the Arts

photo: Gene Cartagena. courtesy of the Griswold Inn

photo: Gene Cartagena. courtesy of the Griswold Inn

LongSplice ~ Joseph Morneault, Dawn Indermuehle and Rick Spencer photo: Donna Goodspeed

photo: Donna Goodspeed

photo: Sarah Spencer