Down Home Up Here Workshop: Songwriting in Bluegrass
- School of Music workshop
In this workshop we’ll talk about developing a practice of songwriting. We’ll explore a few writing exercises and habits you can build a routine with, or work into your existing one. We’ll also take a look into the editing process, and how to put the finishing touches on your song to make it feel complete. We’ll explore ways to fine tune your song to make it have the effect you are looking for. We’ll do some in-class writing, look at some example songs, and 1-2 participants will be able to share songs-in-progress and get feedback from the class. Taught by Brooklyn-based songwriter Andrea Asprelli, winner of the Podunk Bluegrass Songwriting Competition and bandleader/songwriter for FreshGrass Award winners Cricket Tell the Weather.
This workshop is part of the Down Home Up Here Festival and runs from 2-4pm.
Workshops fees are seperate from your festival ticket.
Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.
Cricket Tell the Weather is the creative project of Andrea Asprelli, award-winning songwriter and fiddler. She is backed by a collective of some of the finest players in New York’s roots music scene. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award in North Adams, MA, Cricket features award-winning songs delivered with honest vocals and thoughtful arrangements with a modern edge.
Growing up a classical musician in Colorado, Asprelli began playing bluegrass after she moved to the east coast, and was shaped by New England’s small but fiery local bluegrass communities. Moving from Northampton, MA to Syracuse, NY to New Haven, CT, she met many bluegrass, folk, and old-time musicians who inspired her along the way before forming Cricket Tell the Weather and setting up shop in Brooklyn, NY. Cricket performs mostly as a quartet, whose collective cast of NYC musicians includes Doug Goldstein and Hilary Hawke on banjo, Dave Speranza and Sam Weber on bass, and Mike Robinson, Jason Borisoff, and Jeff Picker on guitar.
Cricket has toured the Northeast, establishing a base throughout the bluegrass and folk festival and concert series circuits. They’ve been featured at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Del Fest, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival.
The band’s song “Remington”, a co-write with Asprelli and musical collaborator Jason Borisoff, placed first in the Podunk Bluegrass Songwriting Competition. 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.
In 2014, Cricket released its independent eponymous debut album of original music, recorded at Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret Center, CT. Bringing with them heart, enthusiasm, humor, and an appreciation of tradition, Cricket’s voice is personal in a way that stretches against categories, and familiar in a way that honors those who have come before.