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PRIVATE LESSONS by Abby are now available on Zoom and Skype. Email: cellonewt@gmail.com   





Abby conducts workshops in the US and Scotland where she promotes the use of the cello as both a melodic and rhythmic back up instrument in traditional music. She has taught at Gaelic Roots, The National Strings Workshop, The Swannanoa Gathering, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Valley of the Moon, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. Mel Bay published both of her collections of Celtic tunes for 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.  She is available to teach workshops year round. Contact: cellonewt@gmail.com

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Abby directs workshops on the cello in traditional music.  For seven years she was the cello instructor at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Music Camp in California.  She has conducted workshops in Scotland for the Glasgow Fiddlers (in Glasgow) and at the Balnain House, Inverness.  She is available to teach workshops year-round.

"Some can play, and some can teach, some others are generous of spirit.  You have all three of these.  Thank you for what you’ve contributed
to my playing and to our music world.”
Etienne Scott, Sunshine Coast Celtic Music School



In 2013 Abby launched the first Crossing to Scotland in the Catskills Cello Retreats.   These intimate and supportive settings are for those who want to explore Celtic music on the cello.  Abby is known for combining the soulfulness and energy of traditional folk music with the precision and nuance of Baroque music.

Resorvoir2 Under careful guidance, participants will enjoy a cello immersion experience, with plenty of opportunity to hone skills playing by ear, creating back up, along with slow jams, individual lessons, a community ceilidh evening, home cooked meals, and outdoor activities in the spectacular Catskill Mountains of New York. For upcoming summer dates and information, you can download flyers and registration forms from the website


For over two decades Abby has been going into inner-city classrooms in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens to introduce children to American traditional and classical music as it relates to their study of early American History.  Through the program sponsored by The Symphony Space, she makes two visits each to about 15 classrooms a year.  The “CAP (Curriculum Arts Project) program gives thousands of students insight into the social studies curriculum through interaction with the with the arts and artists in the classroom, at museums, and at Peter Norton Symphony Space.”   

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“Abby was wonderful.  Her music filled the room and mesmerized the kids with its bag-pipe imitation.  They were enthralled
with the detailed description of the instrument and eager to make their own.”
  Michelle Ajaimi, Teacher, PS 54

“An uplifting spiritual exposure to traditional music as it applies to the elementary school curriculum.”
Barbara Steiner, 4th Grade Teacher

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