Legendary East Coast Celtic-rock group Rawlins Cross
Announce Atlantic Canada Tour in October & November 2022
New album Sunrise set for release this Friday!
(Halifax, NS) – Celebrating the release of their brand-new 11th studio recording, Sunrise, renowned Canadian Celtic-rock group, multiple JUNO nominated and nine-time East Coast Music Award winners, Rawlins Cross will tour Atlantic Canada this October and November.
“It’s been a LONG two and a half years since we last stepped on a stage to play music together,” says Rawlins Cross band member Ian McKinnon. “Last fall, we made use of our downtime during the pandemic to gather in Nova Scotia and record a batch of new songs. We can’t wait to get out and share the new music with our friends and fans!”
Atlantic Canada shows include:
- October 21 - New Glasgow Glasgow Square
- October 22 - Sydney Highland Arts Theatre
- October 23 - Moncton Capitol Theatre
- October 24 - Fredericton Fredericton Playhouse
- October 26 - Charlottetown Confederation Centre of the Arts
- October 28 - Halifax Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
- October 29 - Yarmouth Th’ YARC Playhouse & Arts Centre
- October 30 - Liverpool Astor Theatre
- November 5 - St. John’s Holy Heart Theatre
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, June 24 at 12 noon. Details to be announced shortly.
Sunrise, set for world-wide release this Friday, June 24, features seven tracks, including the lead single, “Love is Alright”.
“The music on Sunrise is a collection of great new tunes. The result of our first real in-house effort,” says band member, Dave Panting. “Geoff and I produced, Geoff engineered, and everybody was pitching in on everything, including transportation, logistics and gear setup. I think we are all very excited about how this project turned out.”
Marking their 33rd anniversary as a band this year, Rawlins Cross was formed in St. John's, Newfoundland by song writing brothers Dave Panting (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Geoff Panting (keyboards, accordion) and Ian McKinnon (highland pipes, tin whistle, bodhran). Soon after, the band burst onto the East Coast music scene with their first indie recording, A Turn of the Wheel. After a few line-up changes in the early 90s, the band eventually solidified with the addition of bandmates, Brian Bourne (bass, Chapman stick, vocals), Howie Southwood (drums, percussion), and Joey Kitson (lead vocals, harmonica).
Fusing Celtic traditional music with the rhythms of rock, pop and worldbeat music, Rawlins Cross are equally at ease performing the soulful and stirring Highland Air, “MacPherson's Lament”, or one of their much-loved and raucous party hits like, “Colleen”, “Wild Rose” and “Reel 'n' Roll.”
Over the years, Rawlins Cross has toured extensively on three continents including a performance representing Canada at the Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile, a nationally televised Canada Day performance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and a headlining show at the Skagen Festival in Denmark.