100 Mile House is a band born of two continents, but their music spreads further, for it is the music of home. For this trio home is not time nor place; it is the feeling of being comfortable in one’s own skin. Husband and wife team of Peter Stone and Denise Mackay did a little gigging in their native Great Britain before coming to Alberta and finding at least two things to their liking: the endless prairie sky and the complementary musical touches of Scott Zubot.
They began playing together as 100 Mile House in 2009, toured Western Canada a few times, then waltzed away with the 2011 Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest’s Pros and Prose category and the hearts of most of those listening. Instruments like suitcase, organ and glockenspiel caress the band’s music to create sounds as unique as fingerprints, augmenting unfastened melodies that meander from introspection to urgency. The music is spiced with liberal doses of British pop sensibility, yet manifests an intimate, timeless feel laced through songs that would have been as comfortable in the British countryside of 200 years ago as they are on the wide open plains today.