Toner Quinn is founder and Editor of the award-winning Journal of Music, and a lecturer in publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is also a musician and writer about music.
The Journal of Music is an online magazine publishing news, reviews and opinion on music in Ireland and the world. In 2010, it won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC.
Toner has been lecturing part-time on the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway since 2008. He now teaches courses in publishing and editing and also organises two industry visits per year.
Toner studied music at Waterford IT and publishing at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He 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 – the first state policy on traditional music – and he was also commissioned to research and write a report on the harping tradition in Ireland.
In 2001, Toner published a collection of essays on the writer Desmond Fennell.
On the Ergodos label, Toner has released a fiddle duet album with Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions, which was selected as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year.