August 27, 1957|
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
December 15, 2003 (aged 46)|
New York City
|Genres||Celtic, folk, rock|
|Associated acts||Silly Wizard, Relativity, Nightnoise|
Johnny Cunningham (27 August 1957 – 15 December 2003) was a Scottish folk musician and composer, instrumental in spreading interest in traditional Celtic music.
He was a founding member of Silly Wizard, as well as a member of Relativity, The Raindogs, and Nightnoise. 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.
- Thoughts from Another World (1981)
- Fair Warning (1983)
With Phil Cunningham
- Against the Storm (1980)
With Silly Wizard
- Silly Wizard (1976)
- Caledonia's Hardy Sons (1978)
- So Many Partings (1979)
- Live In America (1985)
- Golden Golden (1985)
- A Glint of Silver (1986)
- Live Wizardry (1988)
- Relativity (1986)
- Gathering Pace (1987)
With Celtic Fiddle Festival
- Celtic Fiddle Festival (1993)
- Celtic Fiddle Festival: Encore (1998)
- Rendezvous (2001)
With Susan McKeown
- Peter & Wendy (1997), also with Seamus Egan, Karen Kandel and Jamshied Sharifi
- A Winter Talisman (2001)
- Sweet Liberty (2004)
With The Raindogs
- To Warm the Winter's Night, with Áine Minogue (1995)
- Live on 11th Street, with Casey Neill Band (2003)
In the 1990's Johnny worked with the New York-based theater company Mabou Mines on a theatrical production, "Peter & Wendy". He composed music and lyrics for this musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan," which won two OBIE Awards. The soundtrack album from this innovative production was recorded and released nationally in 1997. Productions of "Peter & Wendy" have been presented and revived numerous times.
- Harris, Craig. "Johnny Cunningham". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- Official Johnny Cunningham website's "In Memoriam"
- Kennedy Center videotapes of Johnny Cunningham performances
- Celtic Cafe tribute
- Scotsman.com obituary
- World Music Central bio
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