About Rawlins Cross
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Rawlins Cross is approaching legendary status as one of Canada’s most accomplished and beloved Celtic music groups. With the release of its 10th studio recording, “Flying Colours”, Rawlins Cross continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of a dedicated global fan-base developed over an acclaimed career.
The band was formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the late 1980s by songwriting brothers Dave Panting (guitar and mandolin), Geoff Panting (keyboards and accordion) and Ian McKinnon (highland pipes, tin whistle and bodhran). With the solid rhythm section of Halifax bassist and Chapman Stick player Brian Bourne and Ontario-based drummer Howie Southwood, Rawlins Cross enlisted PEI singer Joey Kitson to complete its signature sound.
Since the beginning, 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, Wild Rose, Reel ‘n’ Roll), Rawlins Cross never fails to electrify its faithful fans. Over the years, Rawlins Cross has always been a “fan favourite” on the North American and European music festival circuit and regularly plays to sold-out concert halls across Canada
30 years and 9 albums later, Rawlins Cross continues to maintain a steady course with their 10th studio recording "Flying Colours" (November 2019). "Flying Colours" will prove to be another significant mile marker in the band's storied career - an eclectic mix of the old world and the new.
Highland Pipes, Tin Whistle, Bodhran
Bass, Chapman Stick
Reviews & Press
... there's no band more capable of bringing the unique cultural mix of Canada's Atlantic provinces into the contemporary world.
The Georgia Straight
Rawlins Cross ... took the stage and promptly won the crowd's heart.
The New York Times
When you hear a Rawlins Cross song, you can be in no other place than Atlantic Canada.
With their fusion of Celtic traditional, rock and world music, Rawlins Cross never fails to electrify their faithful fans.
Rawlins Cross is absolutely amazing! After nearly 30 years of making music together, these guys aren't getting older ... they're getting BETTER!
Anonymous Long-Time Fan
After 30 years, the boys are still making great music.
The Chronicle Herald