Jenny Newman has been described as an 'inspired, uncluttered player whose depth and maturity of style is remarkable for her years'.
She has wide ranging musical influences, an interest in many different musical traditions, and has performed with icons as diverse as Yehudi Menuhin to Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull!

After classical training on the viola and a brief spell freelancing with orchestras and chamber groups in London, Jenny's life took an unexpected turn when a trip to Donegal left her with an unbridled passion for the music of that county. This resulted in frequent trips playing in sessions with the likes of James Byrne, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Mairead ni Mhonaigh of Altan and Siobhan Peoples. After a couple of tours with Shetland band Rock Salt and Nails (which included appearances at Toronto Harbour Front and Winnipeg Festivals), Jenny joined the rock band Solstice playing major venues throughout Europe including Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival in 1998. During this time she regularly co-hosted a session with the legendary Clare fiddle player Bobby Casey.

Jenny performs frequently in major theatres throughout Britain and America with Indefinite Articles theatre company (a one-man puppet show which uses everyday objects to recreate the story of Pinnochio); the music is improvised and Jenny weaves her own compositions and traditional tunes with sound effects and percussion to create a 'magical world of sound' (Leicester Mercury).

Jenny's ability as a teacher is renowned, and is borne out by the numerous fiddle players of all standards and ages who have benefited from her enthusiasm and love of the instrument. She runs regular workshops, sessions and adult education classes; and recently worked at 'Fiddles At Barton Pines' with Pete Cooper (on whose CD The Wounded Hussar she appears with the likes of Luke Daniels, Kathryn Lock and Stefan Hannigan).

Jenny is a prolific tune writer, most of the tunes on Toms Fiddle are her own and many are being played in sessions around the country. 'Pinnochio's Waltz' was performed at this years Sidmouth Festival (by the English bagpipe orchestra Zepherus) and has recently been played on BBC radio. Jenny is currently working on a second album.



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