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Apr 14 - Rawlins Cross confirms two East Coast dates for Summer 2015

(Halifax, NS) — Nine-time East Coast Music Award winners and Juno nominees, Rawlins Cross will perform two dates in Nova Scotia later this summer.  The tour includes performances at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, NS and the Gathering of the Clans Festival in Pugwash, NS.

Formed in 1989, Rawlins Cross has released eight recordings and toured internationally during the span of its 25-year career. Reuniting in 2008 following a seven-year hiatus, the band currently tours on a limited basis as band members’ schedules allow.

Details on the upcoming shows are as follows:

Sunday, June 28th – Truro, NS
Marigold Cultural Centre
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Wednesday, June 1st – Pugwash, NS
Gathering of the Clans Festival
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Jun 11 - Rawlins Cross Tours NS and PEI in June

(Halifax, NS) — Nine-time East Coast Music Award winners and Juno nominees, Rawlins Cross will perform five dates in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island later this month.  The tour includes performances in New Glasgow, Truro, Mabou, Georgetown and Summerside.

Formed in 1989, Rawlins Cross has released eight recordings and toured internationally during the span of its 25-year career. Reuniting in 2008 following a seven-year hiatus, the band currently tours on a limited basis as band members’ schedules allow.

Details on the upcoming shows are as follows:

June 26th – New Glasgow, NS
Glasgow Square Theatre –

June 27th – Georgetown, PE
Kings Playhouse –

June 28th – Summerside, PE
College of Piping –

June 29th – Truro, NS
Marigold Cultural Centre –

June 30th – Mabou, NS
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Oct 5 - The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum production features “MacPherson’s Lament”

We are honoured that the production of The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum directed by Mary Vingoe will feature our song “MacPherson’s Lament” from our album A Turn of the Wheel.

October 16-November 3, 2012
National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
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February 26-March 17, 2013
Fountain Hall, Neptune Theatre (Halifax, NS)
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Jan 6 - Heart Head Hands Sampler Available (Limited Time)

As we get ready to kick off the 2011 Heart Head Hands tour of Atlantic Canada with special guest Kim Wempe we’re offering up a three song sampler from the new album. Click here to check it out.

Dec 31 - Rawlins Cross Official Store Now Online

We’re happy to announce our Official Store is now officially online and open for business. You’ll find instant MP3 downloads of the complete Rawlins Cross discography and even CD copies of many of our releases. You can also join the Official Rawlins Cross Community for lots of exclusive benefits.

Click here to visit the Official Store!

We’ve also posted a Youtube playlist of 7 songs from our New Years Eve 2008 performance at the A-Channel New Years Eve on the Grand Parade in Halifax. It’s about 30 minutes of some of our favourite tunes… check out the set list below. Happy New Year!

Set List:

1. MacPherson’s Lament from Reel ‘n’ Roll (Buy Now)
2. Colleen from Reel ‘n’ Roll (Buy Now)
3. Dance Hall from Reel ‘n’ Roll (Buy Now)
4. Look Ahead from Anthology (Buy Now)
5. Where Would I Be from Make It on Time (Buy Now)
6. A Little of Your Lovin’ from Living River (Buy Now)
7. Auld Lang Syne

Dec 25 - Happy Holidays from Rawlins Cross (VIDEO: MacPherson’s Lament)

From our families to yours, we’re wishing all our fans and friends many compliments of the season.

Over the next few days, we’ll be posting video from our 2008 Headline Performance at the Halifax New Years Eve Celebrations on the Grand Parade. You may remember it blew quite a blizzard that night, but we played on and enjoyed ringing in the New Year with throngs of Haligonians.

The first tune we played was MacPherson’s Lament, probably our best known instrumental and one we’ve been playing regularly since the very early days of Rawlins Cross. MacPherson, as the legend goes, was a fiddler and a folk hero who was wrongfully hanged by the authorities of the day. Please excuse the wonky tuning on the pipes and whistle here… the weather was playing havoc with Ian’s wind instruments! Here it is below:

We’re pretty confident the weather conditions inside the venues we’ll be visiting throughout Atlantic Canada this January will be a little more forgiving. For details on the Heart Head Hands Tour of Atlantic Canada January 13 – 22, 2011 click here.

Dec 22 - Dave on KIXX Country 103.9 in St. John’s

Yesterday Dave Panting stopped in at KIXX Country 103.9 in St. John’s to chat with Mickey T about Heart Head Hands and the CD Release party at The Rockhouse on January 22.

Check out the interview below where Dave talks about how Prime Minister Stephen Harper got a copy of the sheet music for “Grandmother’s Song” from our new album Heart Head Hands.

Buy tickets for the St. John’s show, or any other date on the Atlantic Canadian tour at

Dec 17 - Kim Wempe to open “Heart Head Hands Tour” of Atlantic Canada this January

Winner of the 2010 ECMA for Galaxie Rising Star of the Year, singer-songwriter Kim Wempe will appear as special guest to Rawlins Cross on their Atlantic Canada tour supporting the release of the group’s new album Heart Head Hands Jan. 13-22.

Tour dates include:

January 13
Halifax, NS
– Rebecca Cohn

January 14
Saint John, NB
– The Imperial Theatre

January 15
Moncton, NB
– The Capitol Theatre

January 16
Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse

January 18
Charlottetown, PEI
– Confederation Centre

January 20
Glace Bay, CB
– Savoy Theatre

January 22
St. John’s, NL – The Rock House

For full ticket details click here.

Painting With Tides (GroundSwell/Warner) released in September 2010 by Wempe is a powerful collection of contemporary Canadian roots music.  Wempe has a voice that “…lets loose a powerful force pouring out her emotions…,” said The Cape Breton Post. “She is the real deal,” said ArtsEast and the Moncton Times & Transcript said “She has a roots-rock, folky sound that blends the traditional with contemporary and a voice that brings to mind Bonnie Raitt or a mellow Janis Joplin. Wempe is an artist to keep an eye on as talent like this can’t go unnoticed.”

Recorded at Echo Chamber Studio in Halifax with Charles Austin (Buck 65, Matt Mays, Jenn Grant), the eleven-song album features collaborations with three of the region’s best musical talents: Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke and Thom Swift along with Saskatchewan’s Geoff Hilhorst of the Deep Dark Woods.

Born in Saskatchewan, Wempe uprooted to Alberta and then to the East Coast.  After three months in Nova Scotia, she realized that her daunting and unplanned move had transpired for a reason. The change of scenery and people provided the theme of Painting With Tides and nurtured a fresh view on life, home, self and music.’

Wempe released her first EP Where I Need To Be in May 2009 and it was awarded the 2009 Folk Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards.  This year, Wempe had a memorable performance at the 2010 ECMAs impressing everyone in the room, including keynote speaker, BBC’s Bob Harris.  After playing a full band set, she ended with a solo performance of her heart-wrenching song, Oh Heart that was later featured on the Showcase television series “Crash and Burn” and earned her a semi-finalist spot in the International Songwriting Competition.   She also performed at the Vancouver Olympics, JUNOFEST in St. John’s, and has shared stages with numerous artists, including Royal Wood, Taylor Swift, Jill Barber, Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, and Justin Rutledge.

For more information on Kim Wempe, visit

Nov 9 - “Heart Head Hands” In Stores Now

“Heart Head Hands”, the first full length release of new material from Rawlins Cross is available in stores today. Buy the CD now from and get an instant MP3 download of all 16 tracks. A Premium Digital Download package is also available which includes the tracks in lossless MP3 HD format and a high-res .pdf copy of the Lyrics Booklet.

Members of the Official Rawlins Cross Community get access to member exclusive discounts on both packages.

Nov 5 - Rawlins Cross announces Atlantic Canada Tour

(Halifax, NS) – Rawlins Cross, one of Canada’s most accomplished and beloved Celtic bands, rekindles the magic with an Atlantic Canada tour, Jan. 13-22, to support the national release of their eighth album, Heart Head Hands (Ground Swell/Warner Music), in stores now.

Atlantic Canada Tour Dates include:

Jan. 13 – Halifax Rebecca Cohn
Jan. 14 – Saint John The Imperial Theatre
Jan. 15 – Moncton The Capitol Theatre
Jan. 16 – Fredericton The Playhouse
Jan. 18 – Charlottetown Confederation Centre
Jan. 20 – Glace Bay Savoy Theatre
Jan. 22 – St. John’s The Rock House

Formed in St. John’s in the late 1980s, Rawlins Cross is Dave Panting (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Geoff Panting (keyboards, accordion), Ian McKinnon (highland pipes, tin whistle, bodhran), Brian Bourne (bass, Chapman stick, vocals), Howie Southwood (drums, percussion), and Joey Kitson (vocals, harmonica).

Fusing Celtic traditional music with the rhythms of rock, pop and world-beat music, multiple JUNO nominees and eight-time East Coast Music Award winners, Rawlins Cross are equally at ease with a soulful Highland Air (“MacPherson’s Lament“) or a raucous party song (“Colleen“, “Wild Rose“, “Reel ‘n’ Roll“) and never fail to electrify their faithful fans.

In 2008, following a seven-year hiatus, Rawlins Cross reunited to release Anthology, a compilation of its best recorded songs.  Since that release, the group has performed at numerous festivals and large events nationwide, including the Olympics and a command performance for the Queen in Halifax.

This month, Rawlins Cross releases Heart Head Hands, the band’s first full-length studio album in 12 years.  It was produced by the Panting brothers and recorded by Charles Austin at Echo Chamber Studio in Halifax.  The album offers 16 all-original tracks, featuring 12 songs written by the Pantings and Bourne as well as four Celtic instrumental selections.

One of the songs on the recording, “Grandmother’s Song” has already caught some attention. After performing the song for Queen Elizabeth during her Royal visit in June, the band received a request from Prime Minister Stephen Harper (an accomplished pianist) for the sheet music.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.  Tickets for all shows except St. John’s are $30 in advance and $35 day of show (including tax).  Surcharges may apply.  Tickets for the Rock House show in St. John’s are $20 (including tax). Complete details at

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