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Rawlins Cross

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Rawlins Cross, one of Canada’s most accomplished Celtic bands, rekindles the magic with the national release of Anthology (Ground Swell/Warner Music), collecting a dozen of its best-known songs along with four brand new tracks into one beautiful new package. With an extensive essay on the history of the band and gorgeous artwork by French/Newfoundland painter Jean Claude Roy, Anthology is a must-have addition to the Rawlins Cross discography.

The band 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). 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, Wild Rose, Reel ‘n’ Roll), Rawlins Cross never fails to electrify its faithful fans. Rawlins Cross is always a “fan favorite” on the North American and European music festival circuit consistently earning return engagements.

The band burst onto the East Coast recording scene in late ‘89 with its first indie recording, A Turn of the Wheel and a video for the single Colleen. Just weeks after its release, Colleen scored a top ten radio slot on Toronto’s influential CFNY station and Rawlins Cross was on its way.

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