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Since 1973 Abby has been performing on other artist's recordings. She has participated in over 70 recording projects in the folk idiom. Samples of her studio work can be found on the following CDs and albums:

Ferintosh CD, featuring cellist Abby Newton, Celtic harpist Kim Robertson, and fiddler, David Greenberg, performs the vibrant folk music of Scotland, America, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  From soulful songs and airs to sprightly strathspeys and reels, their spirited arrangements showcase their virtuosity and the rhythmic energy of this timeless music.

Click here to hear sound clips from the CD.

“The music they play can range effortlessly from achingly beautiful to simply breathtaking.
And they have such a good time doing it!" - J. Ungar


Castles, Kirks, and Caves "Inspired by the enduring grace, vitality and soulfulness of traditional Scottish music, Abby packed up her cello and crossed the Atlantic in search of the castles, churches and caves that helped nurture the melodies centuries ago. The result, not surprisingly, is a richly resonate and atmospheric recording. But as John Purser writes in the liner notes, it's something more. It's an opportunity 'not only to appreciate these tunes in their earliest clothing and proper harmonies, but to appreciate the cello as a wonderful melody instrument in its own right.'" 
The Washington Post (Mike Joyce)

Hear the music and see photos of Abby's Scotland tour while recording Castles, Kirks, and Caves. The CD is available nowSamples from the CD.

"The CD will set you down in far-off cavernous halls... where the music will waft from the farthest corners and crannies to echo the heart and soul of the musicians who truly love what they are playing and play it faultlessly. " - Woodstock Times

"This is an album to be savored and cherished." - Sing Out! Magazine

"Newton has surrounded herself with a small circle of like-minded musicians who add texture and color to this remarkable musical odyssey." - The Washington Post

Crossing to Scotland was recorded in 1996 at NRS studio in Woodstock, New York. Featuring the cello, this  was Abby’s personal homage to Scottish music, the great musicians she had worked with, and the country itself with all its wild beauty. Contributors to the project were Alasdair Fraser (fiddle), Kim Robertson (harp), Paul Machlis (piano), Al Petteway (guitar), David Hornung (accordion), and Scott Petito (upright bass).

Mel Bay published a book containing complete transcriptions of all the music from Crossing to Scotland in bass clef (see order form).

This is the most absolutely elegant album I've heard in a long time...The cello has always been the instrument I'd want to be shipwrecked on a desert island with; now I know who I'd want to have there to play it." - The Atlanta Celtic Quarterly

"...the connections between Irish music and classical Baroque have been increasingly recognized. Nowhere better than in this fine collection which shows a quality of tone and intonation, plus innate musicianship and good taste to attract any listener." - Irish Music Magazine

"Newton plays with sensitivity and soul, resisting always the temptation to turn traditional tunes into classical-music museum pieces. This album is as well conceived as it is well-crafted." - Sing Out! Magazine

"An exquisite blend of skill and feeling." - Victory Review

other recordings

Jean Redpath - Song of the Seals, Jean Redpath, Lowlands, A Fine Song for Singing, Haydn Scottish Songs, The Scottish Fiddle; Music and Songs, Leaving The Land, Summer of my Dreams, The Moon's Silver Cradle, A Woman of Her Time, Still The Night, Think On Me, Songs of Lady Nairne, Love is Teasin, Father Adam

Priscilla Herdman - Star Dreamer, Day Dreamer, Moon Dreamer. The Water Lily, Seasons of Change, Darkness into Light, Forever and Always

David Greenberg & Puirt a Baroque - Return of the Wanderer

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason - Lovers' Waltz, Harvest Home
Bonnie Rideout - Kindred Spirits, Scottish Christmas

Al Petteway - Caledon Wood

Pat Humphries - Hands

Herdman, Hills and Mangsen - Voices
Linda Russell - Roses of the Garden, Christmas Past, Stephen Foster; Civil War Songs
Cathy Winter - Traveling Home, Next Sweet Time

Anne Dodson - Tranquility Grange, Almost Grown, From Where I Sit, In It's Own Sweet Time

Kate and Anna McGarrigle - video: Lullaby Album

Steve Goodman - Jenny's Jig

For information email: cellonewt@gmail.com
or write: Abby Newton, PO Box 67, Shokan, NY 12481