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The Raindogs were a band formed in Boston, United States around 1985 after several members had disbanded the rock band The Schemers. They combined Celtic and American music to form their own hybrid of rock and roll. Based in Boston, the ‘dogs were made up of former Schemers (songwriter/lead singer/guitarist) Mark Cutler and guitarist Emerson Torrey, Red Rockers rhythm section Darren Hill and Jim Reilly (of Ireland’s “Stiff Little Fingers"), and Celtic fiddle king Johnny Cunningham, formerly of Silly Wizard. The RI based Schemers had previously won the Providence Rock Hunt and the Boston Rock Rumble band competitions, and their singles, "Some Fun", MPG:  and "Remember" were widely played on Providence FM radio but the band broke up when a major record contract eluded them.
The Raindogs toured extensively throughout the United States with Warren Zevon, Don Henley, and Bob Dylan and were noted for their incendiary live performances. Their CDs garnered critical raves and "I'm not Scared" received airplay in Boston and Providence but ultimate success eluded them due to record company shakeups and lack of publicity.
The group released two albums on Atco Records:
- Lost Souls (1990). Produced by Pete Henderson and the Raindogs.
- Border Drive-In Theatre (1991). Produced by Don Gehman. The album features spoken word performances by Harry Dean Stanton and Iggy Pop.
- Johnny Cunningham - fiddle and mandolin
- Mark Cutler guitar and vocals
- Darren Hill - bass guitar
- Jim Reilly - drums
- Emerson Torrey (replaced Ty Avolio) - guitar and vocals
Johnny Cunningham died in 2003. Mark Cutler has several solo CDs on independent labels, and performs solo and with his bands The Schemers and The Dino Club. Darren Hill has a management company called Ten Pin Management; he manages The New York Dolls, Paul Westerberg, and others. In 2011, he opened an antique/memorabilia store in East Greenwich Rhode Island where he lives. Jim Reilly lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Emerson Torrey owns a recording studio and performs with Mark Cutler.