(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 rawlinscross.com/shows