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FERINTOSH, featuring cellist Abby Newton, Celtic harpist Kim Robertson and fiddler, David Greenberg, perform the vibrant folk music of Scotland, Ireland, America and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their unique sound combines the subtle beauty of chamber music with the toe-tapping energy of folk music. With the addition of some vocals, old time fiddling and humor, their concerts are eclectic and entertaining.

In 18th century Scotland, the boundaries between "art" music and the "people’s" music were less distinct than they are today. The same musicians who performed for the lords and ladies in their castles also played in the town halls for dances. FERINTOSH's unique musical focus transcends modern distinctions between "classical" and "folk" music. They play timeless, traditional melodies with a virtuosic, contemporary flair. According to the Scots dictionary, "Ferintosh" was the name of a widely appreciated whisky distilled at Ferintosh, Ross in the eighteenth century. Robert Burns referenced it in his famous poem "Scotch Drink" and the word remained in use until the early twentieth century as a synonym for whisky. In addition, the name refers to a parish in the Black Isle of Scotland and is also the title of a well-known strathspey (Scottish dance tune), featured on the FERINTOSH debut CD.

Abby Newton
is well known for her groundbreaking work in the revival of the cello in American and Scottish traditional music. In the the mid-seventies, she began performing with John Cohen and Jay Ungar in the Putnam String County Band, making it the first modern string band with a cello. At the same time, she began an active and continuing recording career. She has produced and performed on over a hundred folk recordings including 16 CDs with Scottish singer, Jean Redpath. Abby's solo CDs "Crossing to Scotland" (1997) and "Castles, Kirks, and Caves" (2001), have earned her critical acclaim both in the US and abroad. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and in 2001, Fiona Ritchie, of the nationally syndicated NPR show Thistle and Shamrock, did a feature program on Abby’s music and her influence on the folk cello movement.

Abby Newton - Cellist
  In addition to many workshops conducted in Scotland promoting the use of the cello as both a melodic and rhythmic instrument in traditional music, Abby has taught in the US at Gaelic Roots, the National Strings Workshop, the Swannanoa Gathering and Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. Mel Bay published her first collection of Celtic tunes for cello and the second is in the works. The combination of her teaching, performing and publishing have inspired many amateurs and professionals to play traditional music on the cello. | www.abbynewton.com
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David Greenberg is a baroque violinist and fiddler in the Cape Breton and 18th-century Scottish styles. He grew up in Maryland, learning violin from age four and exploring various fiddling styles early on. David studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University in the 1980s and joined Tafelmusik for ten years, 1988-1998. With Kate Dunlay, he co-authored an influential treatise on Cape Breton fiddling, the DunGreen Collection. David co-founded several music ensembles, including the Medieval Quintet, Puirt a Baroque, Ferintosh, and Tempest Baroque Ensemble. He performs regularly with Chris Norman, Suzie LeBlanc, Red Priest, and Tempest. He is featured on dozens of recordings, including those with Seattle Baroque, Apollo's Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Doug MacPhee, Suzie LeBlanc, Chris Norman, Ferintosh, Concerto Caledonia, and Tempest. David Greenberg  

Kim Robertson is a renowned performer, arranger and recording artist who has stretched the boundaries of the harp for a new generation of performers and audiences. As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.

Born in Wisconsin, she is classically trained on piano and orchestral harp. In the mid-70's, Kim's discovery of the Celtic harp grew into a profound love for the instrument, setting her upon the path of exploration for which she is now widely known. Kim has traveled with her harp from concert halls to grass roots folk clubs, from luxury cruise ships to remote mountaintops; she has performed concerts by candlelight, delivered singing telegrams and played herself on an episode of "Beverly Hills 90210". She regularly tours the USA, Canada and Europe, and is still recognized as one of the most popular folk harpists performing today. Her work encompasses numerous recording projects, published harp arrangements, and an international itinerary of workshops and retreats. | www.kimrobertson.net

Kim Robertson - Harpist
Sabra MacGillivray - Dancer
Guest Dancer: Sabra MacGillivray is a champion highland dancer, step dancer, choreographer and percussionist. Featured on many Nova Scotia tourism commercials and television specials, Sabra MacGillivray is one of the Atlantic region's leading ambassadors of Highland and Scottish step dancing.

A dance instructor as well as a choreographer, Sabra is also a member of the award-winning group, the Macquarrie Dancers. With her cutting-edge choreography and breathtaking performances, Sabra adds an exhilarating visual and rhythmic dimension to the music of Ferintosh. | www.sabramacgillivray.com
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