Toner Quinn is Editor of the award-winning JM – The Journal of Music and a lecturer in publishing and editing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is also a musician and regular writer on music.
Following an M. Phil. in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Toner returned to Ireland and founded the bi-monthly magazine JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland (later, The Journal of Music). In 2010, the JM won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC. The publication also won a design award at the Periodical Publishers’ Association of Ireland awards and was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award.
Through the JM, Toner has published work by leading musicians, composers and writers including Martin Hayes, Ciaran Carson, Bill Whelan, Carlo Gébler and more. Toner’s own articles on music can be read here.
Since 2008, Toner has been a lecturer on the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway. He teaches two courses, in contemporary publishing and editing, and is also responsible for organising two industry visits per year.
He has worked as a freelance editor for a range of companies and was Project Officer for the Arts Council’s Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, which produced the report Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts. Toner was recently commissioned by the Arts Council to research and write a report on the harping tradition in Ireland, and he has also published a collection of essays on the writer Desmond Fennell.
In 2013, on the Ergodos label, Toner released an album with Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions, which was selected as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year.
Listen to a radio essay by Toner below. His LinkedIn profile is here.