Story by Margaret Evans, photos by Lois Nuttall

What a wake-up call for the first concert Saturday night with the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society of 2022. After a long lull in the gatherings, of lovers of folk, the hall woke up to the toe tapping music of the Andrew Collins Trio.

The multi-instrument threesome played every genre of music, from classical to the traditional bluegrass essentials, peppered with a few vocal selections with magical harmonies.

The threesome was spurred by Andrew Collins who was the pivotal leader when introducing the audience to an array of stringed instruments and varied stories behind the songs. With the eloquence of his banter, he held the hall’s enthusiastic attention.

James McEleney with his upright bass was prominent in his presence and provided the backbone. His voice blended with ease in the harmonies showing his history and familiarity with Andrew Collins. It was a treat when he took the lead and impressed all with his contribution of Ray Price’s “I’ll be there.”

The third counterpart, Adam Shier, is the newest member. He was fluent with his fingers on his frets and on his strings. His presence on stage was surprising with his calm stature and nimble playing.

They entertained and we, the audience, appreciated.

The Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society’s next concert in their 20th season will feature Avery Raquel on April 16, 2022.