Rawlins Cross marking 30 years at the Grand Slam

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It will be a rockin’ kitchen party and a great big celebration on 30 years of playing Celtic Rock for the band Rawlins Cross, who will be playing at the Pinty’s Grand Slam curling event.

With six people in the band, there’s been a lot to draw on over the years with so many different backgrounds and experiences. For Dave Panting, guitar and mandolin, he grew up playing folk music and eventually got into rock. Panting and Ian MacKinnon, the piper, tin whistle and bodhran, were two of the original three that played together as a folk trio before the full band formed.

“We make an effort to play stuff people ask for,” said Panting about how they like to set up their shows. “We always try to mix the old stuff with the newer stuff.

For the Two Atlantic Canadians playing in Nova Scotia is like playing a show for old friends.

“That’s the difference between playing here on home turf, we have more hardcore fans that know all the music,” said MacKinnon. “We’ve had fans in their late 20s and early 30s talking about growing up listening to our music. We’ve got that next generation of fans.”

For Panting, who added that practically he grew up in a curling rink, the opportunity to play the grand slam was a great addition to their 30th-anniversary tour. With Pictou County always proving themselves to be big fans of the band, there is excitement all around for the upcoming show which will take place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Friday, Nov. 8 with tickets available at https://www.rawlinscross.com