Rick Spencer - Selected Performance Credits
Live Television and Radio Appearances:
-ABC Good Morning America - On air interview and musical
-National Public Radio All Things Considered interview with Noah
Historical or Documentary Television Appearances:
-PBS "Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World" A film by Ric
Burns. Worked as music consultant and portrayed 19th century
-NBC Dateline NBC, “The Revenge of the Whale.” Portrayal of
-History Channel. Modern Marvels, “Loading Docks.” Portrayal of
shipboard cargo loading crew member.
-CPTV Mark Twain’s Hartford. Portrayal of Twain’s friend and co-
author Charles Dudley Warner.
-A&E DeToqueville’s America. Portrayal of shipboard musician and
-PBS The American Experience. Portrayal of shipboard sailor.
-Extensive experience with a capella and accompanied singing, solo and
-Instrumentalist and vocalist with the group "The Jovial Crew." 2012 to present.
-Instrumentalist and vocalist with the group “Forebitter.” 1987 to 2014.
-Proficient on: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Concertina.
-Vocal Range: Tenor.
Selected list of performances include appearances at:
-University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
-Chicago Maritime Festival.
-Halifax, NS Harbour Festival.
-US Embassy, Lisbon, Portugal.
-National Maritime Museum, San Francisco, CA.
-Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
-Concert and music festival appearances throughout the US, in
France, England, Canada, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands and
Germany from 1986 to the present.
-Hundreds of appearances for audiences in folk music concert
schools, libraries, historical societies, museums, etc.
-Promotional video with Walter Cronkite for Mystic Seaport.
-Elegy for an Icon, by Nicholas Checker. Composed and performed the title song and
portrayed historical character Lieutenant Lion Gardiner.
-Script writer and actor for Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours.
-Composer and lyricist for the musical play Run to Elysia by Nicholas
-Musical Director and accompanist for Run to Elysia. Avery Point Playhouse,
-Portrayed the character Ivan in staged readings of Eugene O’Neill’s sea
trilogy, Mystic Seaport.
-Portrayed villain John Knipe in The 10th Voyage by Ann Peabody, Mystic
Producer, musical arranger, recording and remix engineer and session musician
Sea Songs and Chanteys, Rick Spencer CD
The Days When We Were Young, Rick Spencer CD
Waiting For Me, Rick Spencer CD
Love’s Labor, Donna Glover and Rick Spencer CD
Kindred Spirits, The WindLasses. CD and Cassette.
From the Shore, David Littlefield. CD and Cassette.
Contentment, Rick Spencer. CD and Cassette
Session musician for Where We've Been, Ask Your Father. CD
Session musician for The Ballad of Harbo and Samuelson, Jerry Bryant. CD and
Session musician for Songs of the Sailor, with the Mystic Seaport Chanteymen.
Session musician for Always Wecome, Marc Bernier. CD
Recording artist and member of the quartet “Forebitter” on the recordings
Link of Chain. Forebitter Sings Songs of the Sea, Volume I. CD and Cassette.
Voyages. Forebitter Sings Songs of the Sea, Volume II. CD
American Sea Chanteys, CD
Unmooring, CD and Cassette.
On the Ran-Tan, Cassette.
Selections from Forebitter also have appeared on five editions of recordings
released by the French production company Chasse Maree, and on three
compilation recordings from the Oasis Recording acoustic music samplers.
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