Johnny Cunningham

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Johnny Cunningham
Born (1957-08-27)August 27, 1957
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died December 15, 2003(2003-12-15) (aged 46)
New York City
Genres Celtic, folk, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Fiddle
Years active 1972–2003
Associated acts Silly Wizard, Relativity, Nightnoise

Johnny Cunningham (27 August 1957 – 15 December 2003) was a Scottish folk musician instrumental in spreading interest in traditional Celtic music.[1]

Johnny Cunningham was born on 27 August 1957 in Portobello, Edinburgh. He was a founding member of Silly Wizard, as well as a member of Relativity, The Raindogs, and Nightnoise.[1] Throughout his career, Cunningham was also a fiddler, composer, and producer. His younger brother, Phil Cunningham, is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his piano-accordion and whistle playing. He is also a former member of Silly Wizard and was involved in promoting Scottish traditional music. Cunningham died of a heart attack on 15 December 2003 in New York City at the age of 46.[1]


  • Thoughts from Another World (1981)
  • Fair Warning (1983)

With Phil Cunningham

  • Against the Storm (1980)

With Silly Wizard

With Relativity

  • Relativity (1986)
  • Gathering Pace (1987)

With Nightnoise

With Celtic Fiddle Festival

  • Celtic Fiddle Festival (1993)
  • Celtic Fiddle Festival: Encore (1998)
  • Rendezvous (2001)

With Susan McKeown

With The Raindogs

With others


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Johnny Cunningham". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

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