After nearly a decade of performing all over the West with their “60s’ infused” rock group the Strolling Scones, Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Knipe have evolved the band into a more compact unit, called simply The Scones. The 2017 addition of singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Melanie Jean on vocals and flute (and sometimes bass) adds a new dimension to the already infectious grooves and lush, tight harmonies the Scones are known for.
Performing with acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, drums, and flute, they describe their music as “rockin’ & rollin’ Americana”. The members of the group are accomplished singers and the group’s sound, centered around the songs written by guitarist Rick Stockton, are alive with harmony. Stockton has garnered praise and accolades for his songwriting and The Scones are devoted to performing these songs with energy and humor.
Having shared the stage individually or collectively with such names as Joe Cocker, Lyle Lovett, John Cowen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Robert Earl Keen, The Country Gazette, John Lee Hooker Jr., Otis Taylor, 3 Twins, Chuck Pyle, Brewer and Shipley, and more, The Scones are seasoned pros who provide a high energy, entertaining experience that you will not want to miss!
Beyond the realm of music, the Scones are passionate supporters of solar power. They have a solar rehearsal facility and a sun powered recording studio. Also believing that strong communities make for a better world, Stockton and Highwater created an annual four day festival showcasing the food, wine, and talents of residents of western Colorado. The Mountain Harvest Festival is now in it’s 18th year and attracts visitors from all over the country. It is one of the area’s biggest events. The Festival received the prestigous Governor’s Award for Best Festival in a small community in Colorado in 2016!
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How the Musical came to be……
During the early years of their existence, the Strolling Scones live show was musical theater. The band performed as an imaginary British Invasion Band with each member creating their own character with a distinctly English sounding name and story. New York playwright L.E. McCullough discovered their story online and wrote a hilarious musical play using the band’s original music and centering around their fictitious “British” alter egos. It’s a fun filled romp through time, space, and styles involving a band that was accidentally frozen in the late 1960s and cryogenically brought back in the 21st century. Click here to see clips from the original Colorado production done in the fall of 2013.