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Phil Cunningham, MBE (born 1960) in Edinburgh, Scotland is a Scottish folk musician and composer. Biography, Phil played accordion and violin from a very young age. He attended school in Portobello, and was raised Mormon, attending church regularly and playing organ. However, by age fifteen due to issues with the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints he left, and now describes himself as a spiritualist. At the age of 16, he joined his older brother Johnny in the folk group Silly Wizard, where he played accordion, tin whistle, harmonium, guitar, synthesizer, and he sang. He also wrote many of the group's songs. After the breakup of Silly Wizard, Phil and Johnny recorded two albums and toured with Irish siblings Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and Triona Ni Domhnaill as the quartet Relativity. Phil has since had a successful solo career, releasing the albums Airs & Graces and The Palomino Waltz, and several collaborations with Scottish folk musician Aly Bain. He has produced several albums with American folk singer Connie Dover. In recent years, Phil has also composed classical music and music for theater and television, with 1997 seeing the premiere of his Highlands and Islands Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. In 2002, Phil was awarded the MBE for services to Scottish music. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters at Glasgow Caledonian University's graduation ceremony on the 27th November 2007.


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