Charlottetown show at Trinity United
Trinity United Church
Rawlins Cross, one of Canada’s most accomplished Celtic rock bands, are hitting the road in support of their recent release, Rock Steady.
Rock Steady is the ninth studio project for Rawlins Cross and one of the most personal, with six original tracks being written by the band and was co-produced by Jon Landry and Geoff Panting. Rawlins Cross perform April 21 in Charlottetown at Trinity United Church in support of the new album.
Rawlins Cross burst onto the East Coast music scene more than 25 years ago with their album A Turn of the Wheel, and, through the years, has released a total of nine albums, toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, resulting in two JUNO nominations and countless ECMA wins. With their fusion of Celtic traditional, rock and world music, Rawlins Cross never fail to entertain their faithful fans.
Rawlins Cross was formed in St. John’s in the late 1980s by songwriting brothers Dave Panting (guitar and mandolin) and Geoff Panting (keyboards and accordion) and Ian McKinnon (highland pipes and tin whistle). With the solid rhythm section of Halifax bassist Brian Bourne and Ontario-based drummer Howie Southwood, Rawlins Cross enlisted PEI singer Joey Kitson to complete its signature sound.
Since then, Rawlins Cross has been at the vanguard of the fusion of Celtic traditional music with the rhythms of rock, pop and worldbeat music. Equally at ease with a soulful Highland Air (MacPherson’s Lament) or a raucous party song (Colleen, Reel ‘n’ Roll, Rock Steady), Rawlins Cross is a “fan favourite” on the North American and European concert and festival circuits.
Rawlins Cross released Living River in 1995, which earned two Juno Award nominations. The band toured Canada three times that year and signed a licensing deal for its music in Europe. Two more albums followed: Celtic Instrumentals in 1997, a retrospective collection and the studio album Make It On Time, which would prove to be the band’s last album for more than a decade. With total album sales topping 100,000 units, Rawlins Cross has been one of the region’s most successful bands. In 2008 Rawlins Cross reunited and released Anthology, a compilation of its best recorded songs. In 2010, the band released Heart Head Hands (GroundSwell/ Warner Music).