Who: Rawlins Cross
When: May 2, 2018
Where: Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa ON
Celebrating the diverse harmony of east coast music, Rawlins Cross brought their rich, upbeat brand of Celtic rock to the stages of Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre.
Not afraid to dig deep into contemporary influences, the band charmed the audience with a wide array of east coast and contemporary influences. Written by Chapman stick player, Brian Bourne, “I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” feels almost cajun, with its mixture of bagpipes and blues, while “Who Would I Be Without You” and “Some People” showcases a very uniquely Newfoundland pop sensibility.
When the band stripped down for acoustic and instrumental jigs and waltzes, it is clear the band’s kitchen party really doesn’t fit in with one location. Rawlings Cross decidedly draw inspiration from all corners of Atlantic Canada on the map; including a piece featuring piper, Ian McKinnon, and guitarist Dave Panting, honouring the Scottish heritage of Cape Breton.
The evening ended with song and dance numbers such as “Some People”, “Reel’n’Roll” and “Forever Dancing”; leaving the audience of East Coasters feeling right at home in the Nation’s Capital.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.