Abby Newton is an unusually versatile cellist who is accomplished in both traditional and Classical music. She performs frequently with the American Symphony, Amor Artis Orchestra and the Cacelian Chamber Ensemble, and currently plays with the Caledonia Chamber Players. On the traditional side, she is well known for her recording and performance collaborations with the Scottish singer Jean Redpath and other leading musicians in folk music, including Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. She teaches and gives workshops in Scottish-Baroque cello techniques in the United States and Scotland.
Newton has appeared several times on National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion. Recently, Fiona Ritchie devoted an entire program to her career accomplishments on The Thistle and Shamrock, a nationally syndicated broadcast on NPR.
Her recent CDs Crossing to Scotland and Castles, Kirks, and Caves, have earned Newton critical acclaim in the U.S. and abroad. Castles, Kirks, and Caves was recorded on location in the ancient spaces in Scotland where the music has its roots. It combines Baroque and traditional Folk music of the 18th century. Out of those recording sessions evolved a new trio, Ferintosh, which includes fiddler David Greenberg and Celtic harper Kim Robertson. Their sound has been described as Chamber-Folk. They are recording a new CD in May 2003.