- an eclectic bluegrass band -

Still River was formed in 2007 with Bruce Pacheco on guitar, Marion Webster on mandolin, Allen Pratt on bass and Joan Eliyesil on banjo. In 2012, we added fiddler Rich Gosselin to the mix. Our material includes traditional bluegrass, as well as tunes from a variety of genres, including old-time, rock and roll and folk.

Allen Pratt got his first taste of bluegrass music in the 1970s when he heard the "Old and In The Way" album. He began playing bluegrass bass in the early 1990s and continues to use the vintage string bass that was originally owned by his dad. Allen still cherishes his collection of cassette tapes and old vinyl folk and rock ‘n roll albums.
To avoid having to dance at high school dances, Bruce Pacheco began playing electric guitar at age 14 and joined a band. His friends joke, “He still can’t dance, but he sure has great rhythm on that guitar!” Bruce has made Gordon Lightfoot our official muse, and his broad musical background helps each of us accomplish our musical goals.
Joan Eliyesil started playing banjo in college, and played in various bands in Pennsylvania and the D.C. area. After a long hiatus for career and family, she has finally found her way back to the banjo. She is having more fun than ever playing "now that the great fiddle tune scare of the '70s is over".
After many years of playing folk music, Marion Webster got 'bit by the mando bug'. After attending Pete Wernick's Jam Camp and meeting some great musicians at BBU jams, she fell in love with bluegrass music. Now she plays mando and sings those bluegrass harmonies every chance she can get.
Rich Gosselin is a self taught third generation French Canadian Fiddler. He grew up listening and playing many genres of music but got hooked on bluegrass after hearing Mark O’Connor, Stuart Duncan, and Aubrey Haynie. Rich has also played in various local country bands and been in many opening acts for major Nashville artists.