MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cricket Tell The Weather, a five-piece indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music, will perform atThe Minstrel on Friday, February 27 at 8:00 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd. 
 
 
Opening act will be mountain dulcimer virtuoso Sam Edelston. The performance is part ofThe Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by the Folk Project each Friday evening at the Fellowship.
 
Based in the greater NYC area, Cricket Tell the Weather features original music inspired by bluegrass and strongly influenced by American traditional music. Cricket also includes rock, pop, and jazz elements, contributing to the growing genre of progressive bluegrass. Award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) received a blue ribbon in 2011 at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition, voted IBMA Event of the Year, for their song “Remington.” They are joined by Doug Goldstein (banjo), Dan Tressler (mandolin) and Hans Bilger (bass). The quintet's voice carries a new spirit that explores a century of influences, owing as much to the traditions that inspired bluegrass as to the journey that follows. In their first year, they were featured at the Joe Val Bluegrass festival, Del Fest, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Brandywine Folk Festival. Their independent debut album was released in 2014. The band's name is taken from a piece of experimental theater where the main character goes mad during an old-time hoedown and yells out, “Cricket tell the weather!”

 
Opening act Sam Edelston is a virtuoso and an innovator on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. His collection of instruments ranges from the traditional diatonic 3-string to a fully chromatic electric with wah-wah pedal, and his material ranges from Appalachian to John Philip Sousa to Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin.
 
Admission is $9.00 per person at the door. Children 12 and under are free. For further information, call 973-335-9489, or visit www.folkproject.org.
 
The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.
 
Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.