The Raindogs

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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 band was made up of Mark Cutler, Emerson Torrey, members of recently disbanded New Orleans band Red Rockers Darren Hill and Jim Reilly (also of Ireland’s “Stiff Little Fingers"), and Johnny Cunningham, formerly of Silly Wizard.[1] The Rhode Island based Schemers had previously won the Providence Rock Hunt and the Boston Rock Rumble band competitions, and their single, Remember was widely played on Providence, Rhode Island FM radio stations.[2]

The Raindogs toured throughout the United States with Warren Zevon, Don Henley, and Bob Dylan and were noted for their incendiary live performances.[3]


The group released two albums on Atco Records:[3]


List of band members:[4]

Johnny Cunningham died in 2003.[5] Mark Cutler has several solo CDs on independent labels, and performs solo and with his bands The Schemers, Men of Great Courage and Forever Young, (Neil Young tribute project).[6] Darren Hill has a management company called Ten Pin Management and in 2011, he opened an antique/memorabilia store in East Greenwich, Rhode Island where he lives.[7] [8] Jim Reilly lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Emerson Torrey owns a recording studio and performs with Mark Cutler.[6]


  1. ^ Mike Boehm (March 22, 1990). "Raindogs Blend Gaelic, Cajun, Rock: The Boston-based band will appear Friday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Upcoming Tastes of Rhode Island to Feature a Larger Number of Major Musical Acts from Area". Newport Harbor. 
  3. ^ a b Mike Boehm (December 20, 2003). "Johnny Cunningham, 46: Fiddler Helped Revive Celtic Music, Explored Rock 'n' Roll". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks 1981-2008. Record Research. pp. 206–. ISBN 978-0-89820-174-1. 
  5. ^ "Johnny Cunningham". The Telegraph. December 19, 2003. 
  6. ^ a b Butch McCarthy (February 23, 2011). "Musician Spotlight: Mark Cutler". New Bedford Guide. 
  7. ^ "Paul Westerberg". Paul Westerberg. 
  8. ^ Robert Plain (March 31, 2011). "New EG Store An 'Emporium Of Popular Culture'". East Greenwich Patch. 

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