In the Beginning
The Pistol River concert series began with a simple concept – bringing quality musical entertainment to this unique, rural, southwestern Oregon community. It all began on Saturday, July 17, 1982 with the performance of regionally renowned classical guitarist, Joseph Thompson.
With the help of a small but dedicated group of local supporters, co-founders Les and Mary Stansell set the precedent of quality that has since become the trademark of this small concert venue. It didn’t take long for word to spread about the Pistol River Friendship Hall, with its’ bright sound and warm audiences nestled along an incredible stretch of southern Oregon coastline.
Over the years, that core idea took root and has evolved into what is now The Pistol River Concert Association, a registered, non-profit, member based, Oregon corporation with an all volunteer, twelve member Board of Directors. Concerts are presented once a month throughout the year and with enthusiastic community support, the down-home flavor of the Pistol River Friendship Hall remains as strong as ever.
Our 30th Anniversary Concert was celebrated in July 2012 with a wine & guitar tasting once again featuring Joseph Thompson. Joseph, still an audience favorite, lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife Marcy where he currently teaches guitar privately and performs with The Dark Rose Trio.
Some Past Performances
Greg Brown – Bill Morrissey – Laura Love Band – James Keelaghan – Oscar Lopez – Oliver Shroer – Marley’s Ghost – Chuck Pyle – Special Consensus – Paperboys – Robin and Linda Williams – Peter Ostroushko & Dean Magraw – Dan Crary & Beppe Gambetta – Fred Eaglesmith – Garnet Rogers
Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel – Scott Cossu – Cordelia’s Dad – Mike Seeger – Kevin Burke’s Open House – Erica Wheeler – Bryan Bowers – Martin Simpson’s Band of Angels – Silk Road – The Nudes – Vance Gilbert – Kelly Joe Phelps – Ed Gerhard – Peggy Seeger – Dar Williams
Susan McKeown and the Chanting House – Norman & Nancy Blake – Peter Rowan & Tony Rice – Spencer Bohren – Kate Power & Steve Einhorn – Brooks Williams – Small Potatoes – William Coulter – Chris Proctor – Chris Smither Louise Taylor – Norton Buffalo & Friends – Perfect Strangers
Katy Moffatt – Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin – Jim Malcolm – Misty River – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum – Gene Parsons & Meridian Green – Gordon Bok – Siskiyou Summit – Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer – Tony Trischka – David Francey – Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tom Prasada-Rao – Chaskinakuy
Mary Jane Lamond – The Burns Sisters – Stacy Phillips & Paul Howard – Michael Manring – Rosalie Sorrels – Cosy Sheridan – Claudia Schmidt – Utah Phillips – David Mallett – Pop Wagner – Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Slaid Cleaves – Maria Muldaur – David Friesen & Uwe Kropinski – Alex de Grassi
Mark Taylor – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Baba Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Bothers – Tinh – Michael P. Smith – Harry Manx & Steve Mariner – Reedy Buzzards – Laura Cortege – Earl Brothers – Goh Kurosawa & Jaxson Williams – Nancy Curtin – Mary Flower – Lauren Sheehan
Ray Bonneville – Los Pinguos – Sol Flamenco – Tom Russell – Hanneke Cassel – True North – Primal Mates – David Jacobs-Strain & Walker T. Ryan – Adam del Monte – Eliza Jane – Gypsy Soul – 3 Leg Torso – Tony Furtado – Eric Taylor – Adam n Kris – Molly’s Revenge – Ken Greeninger and Dayan Kai
Dúo Flamenco – Caroline Herring – The Mishras – George Cole & Viva La Jazz – Al Andalus – Tarish – Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh – Girlyman – Fishtank Ensemble – Houston Jones – Kelly Joe Phelps & Corinne West – Po’ Girl – Floating Glass Balls
Chris Burton Jacome – Blame Sally – Ravin’wolf – Sally Barris and Don Henry – Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack – Special Consensus – Alice DiMiCelle – The Blackberry Bushes – Kathryn Clair and Hanz Araki – Rita Hosking Trio
Red Molly -Lauren Sheehan – Mollie O’Brian and Rich Moore – Bear Attack – The Barn Birds – Beppe Gambetta – Colleen Raney Band – Quiet Americans – Lowest Pair – Smooth Hound Smith – Tim Eriksen – Time Sawyer – Betty and the Boy – Calico the Band – Hanz Araki Trio
Mark Graham – Jeff Scroggings and Colorado – Communist Daughter – Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen – Mbrascatu and Redwood Son – Blind Boy Paxton – Kathryn Claire – Possessed by Paul Jones – John Reischman and the Jaybirds – Sally Barris –
3 Leg Torso – Gideon Freudmann – Slocan Ramblers – Tony Furtado – Beth Wood – Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
Special Consensus – Laura Gibson – Molly’s Revenge – Kathryn Claire – The Quitters – Johnny B Connolly and Casey Neill – Burning Heart Bluegrass – Kimo Hussey – Evie Ladin Band – Flamenco Pacifico – Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra – New World String Project – Kathryn Claire and Friends – Chris Jacome Flamenco – Greg Blake Band – Jimmy Grant Ensemble
The Unruly Mob that Makes It Happen
Tim Scullen President & Spiritual Advisor
Philip Smith Byte Manager & Image Constructor
Hap Freiberg Vice President, former Shammes & Correspondence Coordinator
Mary Stansell Co-founder, Secretary & Housing Facilitator
Les Stansell Co-founder, Grandfather Figure, Cajon Smacker and Guitar & Ukulele Creator
Laura Middleton Board Member, Booking Agent & Member Recruitment Ambassador
Linda Elfman Board Member & Treasurer & Governmental Liaison
Carol Brown Board Member & Culinary Director
Dave Manzella Board Member & Freelance Booking and Communications Consultant
Jordan Giovannetti Board Member & Outreach and Poster Distributor extraordinaire
Mark Lanier Board Member & press release writer extraordinaire