Rick Spencer is recognized internationally for his work as a
developer and presenter of theme-based historic music
programs in the American Folk tradition.  His presentations are
well-researched, informative and highly entertaining.
Catfeather Art & Music
photo by Marilyn
I think you have developed an outstanding format.  Your
presentations interweave history, musical knowledge,
and fine performances that expand and amplify the
cultural side of history and help our understanding of the
events ~ Robert Stewart.  Suffield, CT Historical Society.
An understanding of history can be gained in a
variety of ways.  The perspective of the
academic historian, journalist, politician or author
can be found in the printed resources of the past
or in present day scholarly works.  But if we want
to know what the average, everyday people felt
or thought about the cultural, economic or social
events of their day ~ the things we now call
"history," I feel that the most engaging
fascinating and insightful resources are the folk
songs, popular songs and stories that have been
left to us from the past.  
Video samples of Rick's work are here.