December 19, 2003

Sad News

This was posted on my Celtic list this morning:


August 27, 1957 - December 15, 2003

We join the Celtic music world in mourning the passing of Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham, who died on December 15, 2003, in New York City, of a heart attack. He was 46 years old.

Johnny was beloved on both sides of the Atlantic for his exquisite musicianship as well as for his renowned warmth and wit. He was called 'Scotland's finest fiddler' by the Boston Globe. He leaves behind a great body of work and a huge legacy in Scottish and Celtic music of the late 20th century. He was a founding member of many seminal Celtic groups including Silly Wizard, Relativity, Nightnoise and The Celtic Fiddle Festival.

"Johnny was a huge life force, and a brilliant musical intelligence," says Green Linnet's Wendy Newton. "He was a friend for more than 20 years. A great light has gone from our lives." Johnny played a large role at Green Linnet, appearing on more than a dozen albums as well as producing albums by Cherish the Ladies, Orealis and Brooks Williams.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Remembrances may be sent in care of Green Linnet, P.O. Box 1905, Danbury, CT 06813, and you may visit his website.

Johhny's music made a big impact on me. From Silly Wizard, to Relativity, to Nightnoise, it was all good. I'm going to miss him.

Posted by Ithildin at December 19, 2003 6:30 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE