About

Toner Quinn is Editor of the award-winning Journal of Music and a lecturer in publishing in NUI Galway. He is also a musician and regular writer on music.

In 2010, The Journal of Music won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC, and this year Toner launched a music writer mentoring scheme in collaboration with Clare County Council and Galway City Council. Since 2008, he has been a part-time lecturer on the MA in Literature and Publishing in NUI Galway.

Toner has worked as an editor for a range of companies, including RTÉ, 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 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.

Toner’s articles on music can be found here.

Listen to a talk on music writing, as well as an interview with Toner, below:

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