Abby Newton is well known for her groundbreaking work in the revival of the cello in American and Scottish traditional music. She began her career touring with Jay Ungar and John Cohen in the Putnam String County Band, the first modern string band with a cello. Although classically trained, she improvised the cello parts to traditional tunes.
She has produced and performed on over a hundred folk recordings including 17 CDs with Scottish singer, Jean Redpath. Abby’s solo CDs “Crossing to Scotland” and “Castles, Kirks, and Caves” have earned her critical acclaim both in the US and abroad. She has been the director and cellist of the Shokan Chamber Artists, Trillium Piano Trio, and currently performs in the Celtic Trio “Ferintosh”, “Celtic Crossing”, the “Mother-Daughter String Band” and “Esopus Chamber Orchestra”.
Mel Bay has published two books of Abby's transcriptions of Celtic tunes for the cello: Crossing to Scotland and Castles, Kirks and Caves. The combination of her teaching, performing and publishing have inspired many amateurs and professionals to play traditional music on the cello.