Johnny Cunningham

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Johnny Cunningham
Born Johnny Cunningham
(1957-08-27)August 27, 1957
Portobello, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Died December 15, 2003(2003-12-15) (aged 46)
New York City, USA

Johnny Cunningham (27 August 1957 – 15 December 2003) was a Scottish folk musician instrumental in spreading interest in modern, 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 a greater awareness of Scottish traditional music and its performers through the medium of television, doing interviews interwoven with 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 Others


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

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