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Have you seen my videos on YouTube? Hurrah for Fremont
The Fields of Shiloh Glendy  Burke
The Connecticut Peddler

New Burlington
Letter from New York 9/10/01 How Happy The Soldier

The Girls at Home
Ghost Train Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy

Duncan and Brady
Electric Trains The Days When We Were Young

All of my YouTube videos, including my versions of two Warren Zevon covers, and some Forebitter live performances, can be found here.

Thanks for visiting. I hope to see you out there somewhere. Here’s where you can find me in the near future:

18 September 2012 Tuesday, Woodbridge, CT 7:00pm
The Woodbridge Library presents "The Greatest Hits of the Civil War: America's Earliest Professional Songwriters" at the library, 10 Newton Street in Woodbridge, CT.  For more information please visit

19 September 2012 Wednesday, East Hartford, CT 7:45pm
The Historical Society of East Hartford will hold its annual dinner meeting for members and guests.  I will present a selection of songs and information from several of my Civil War music programs.  The event will take place at the First Congregational Church at Church Corners in East Hartford.  Dinner will be at 6:30pm with my presentation to follow, at around 7:45pm.  For more information please visit

20 September 2012 Thursday, Winsted, CT 6:30pm
The Friends of the Beardsley and Memorial Library present "The Boys of the Battlefield: The Civil War as Told by Its Popular Songwriters" at 40 Munro Place in Winsted, CT.  The program will begin at 6:30pm.  For more information please visit

21 September 2012 Friday, Mansfield, CT 7:30pm
The Mansfield Historical Society presents "Freemen for Fremont!: Songs of the Presidential Election of 1856" at the First Church of Christ in Mansfield Center.  The program will begin following the Society's annual dinner meeting, and should start around 7:30pm.  More information on the organization can be found here.

22 September 2012, Nantucket, MA 1:00pm
The Nantucket Atheneum,  Egan Maritime Institute and ReMain  Nantucket  present the Nantucket Maritime Festival on Saturday September 22nd.  I'll be doing a family program of sea songs and chanteys at 1:00pm at the Children's Beach concert stage.  More information can be found here.

13 October 2012 Saturday, Woodstock, CT 1pm-3pm
Roseland Cottage,  556 Route 169 in Woodstock, CT a property of "Historic New England," hosts its annual Arts and Crafts Fair the weekend of October 13 and 14.  Rich and Dee Kelly and I  ("Ask Your Father") will be  playing a mix of songs from our vast repertoire during Saturday afternoon.  Our friend Al Libera and one of his buddies usually do the set just before ours.  For more information about this event please visit here.

14 October 2012, Sunday, Willimantic, CT  2:00pm
Bob Thurston, a good friend and long-time music partner from years ago, died in July.  His influence was large and widespread.  His companion and wife Judy Heald, our mutual friend Faye Ringel and I will gather with others who played music with or were influenced by the music of this remarkable man for a concert to celebrate his life and legacy.  The gathering will begin at around 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Willimantic, 667 Main Street in Willimantic, CT.  If you knew Bob as a fellow musician and would like to join us on stage please be in touch with me here and I'll add your name to the schedule.  If you knew Bob as a friend, teacher, mentor or were just a fan please join us to celebrate him that day.  Donations to the church's food drive will be appreciated.

17 October 2012 Wednesday, Wallingford, CT 8pm
The Wallingford Historical Society presents "Freemen for Fremont!: Songs from the Presidential Election of 1856" following their annual meeting and dinner.  The presentation will begin around 8pm and will take place in the basement hall of the First Baptist Church, 114 North Main Street in Wallingford, CT. 

21 October 2012 Sunday, Usquepaugh, RI 10:00am
The 21st of October 2012 will mark my 60th birthday!  I'll be celebrating by appearing at the Johnny Cake Festival at historic Kenyon's Gristmill, 21 Glen Rock Road in West Kingston, RI.  This is actually in the charming village of Usquepaugh.  My family used to stop at Kenyon's on our way to or from Point Judith, RI back in the '60s.  I can hardly think of a better place (or event) to celebrate the beginning of my 7th decade.  For more information on this excellent event please visit

25 October 2012 Thursday,  Branford, CT 7:00pm
The Branford Historical Society presents "Songs of the War of 1812" at the James Blackstone Library, 758 Main Street in Branford, CT, at 7:00pm.  For more information please visit

26 October 2012 Friday, Bethel, CT 7:00pm
The Bethel Public Library presents "Freemen for Fremont!: Songs of the Presidential Campaign of 1856" at 189 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, CT, at 7:00pm.  For more information please visit

11 November 2012 Sunday, Lebanon, CT 2:00pm
The Lebanon Historical Society presents "On the Job: Historical Songs of American Work and Trades" at 856 Trumbull Highway in Lebanon, CT, at 2:00pm.  For more information please visit

14 November 2012 Wednesday, Simsbury, CT 7:00pm
The Simsbury Historical Society presents "The Boys of the Battlefield: The Civil War As Told By Its Popular Songwriters" at 7:00pm at the Ellsworth Center, 10 Phelps Lane in Simsbury, CT.  For more information please visit

30 November 2012, Friday, Stratford, CT 7:00pm
The Stratford Historical Society presents "A 19th Century Christmastide" at 7:00pm in the hall of Christ Church at 2000 Main Street in Stratford, CT.  For more information please visit

9 December 2012 Sunday, Simsbury, CT 2:00pm
The Simsbury Historical Society presents "A 19th Century Christmastide" as part of their Wassail Party at 2:00pm in the Phelps Tavern at 800 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT.  For more information please visit

That's All, Folks!

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Until later,
Rick Spencer

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