- Friday, December 01, 2017 at 8:00 PM
- May Memorial UU Society
- General admission: $15.00
Member Tickets: $12.00
This band is born of the Brooklyn-style old-time scene (traditional bluegrass merged with contemporary arrangements), but with CNY roots.
Cricket Tell the Weather is an indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music — one of the most exciting crews of younger folks in the New York bluegrass scene. Like many of the newer trad-leaning downstate bands, Cricket is rooted in the bluegrass tradition but expands to include rock, pop, and chamber ensemble elements. And, though it is a strong entry into the “freshgrass” traditions associated with Brooklyn, the band actually has its germ in Syracuse; two key members first played togethers as members of the well-regarded local bluegrass band Boots ’N’ Shorts.
Cricket Tell the Weather will be performing as part of The Folkus Project on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM. The concert will be held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY. Admission is $15. Advance tickets and more information can be found at www.folkus.org.
Award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) first met in Syracuse. It all started on Craigslist! Jason was playing in the bluegrass band Boots ’N’ Shorts, and Andrea responded to an ad they posted looking for a fiddler. After playing together in the Syracuse area for two years, Andrea moved to Connecticut and Jason moved downstate. They continued to corroborate on songwriting, resulting in a blue ribbon in 2011 at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition for their co-written song “Remington”.
Asprelli and Borisoff are joined by NYC native Doug Goldstein on the banjo and Jeff Picker (from Portland, OR) on bass. The band has twice been awarded the Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the City of Bridgeport, and is actively involved in providing bluegrass workshops to students of all ages under their “American Roots Revival” workshop series.
The band was excited to be featured at such venues as Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Del Fest, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Brandywine Folk Festival; all in their first year! Although Cricket has its roots in traditional bluegrass, it ventured into more contemporary arrangements in its self-titled debut album released in 2013. They followed this up by winning the FreshGrass Award the same year.
“They’re a whole lotta bluegrass and a whole lotta fun.” – Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression – The Roots Music Authority
“Freshgrass delights with unexpected variety.” – Megan Bantle, The Williams Record