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.
Following a Master’s degree in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, Toner returned to Ireland and founded the bimonthly magazine JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland (later, simply, The Journal of Music). In 2010, it won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC. It also won a design award at the Periodical Publishers’ Association of Ireland awards and was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award.
Through the Journal, Toner has published work by a range of leading artists and writers including Martin Hayes, Ciaran Carson, Eimear Noone, Michael D. Higgins, Bill Whelan, Carlo Gébler, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Angela Bourke, Roger Doyle and Tony MacMahon. Toner is also a regular writer on music. His articles can be found here. In April 2017, the Journal launched two innovative Music Writer Mentoring Schemes supported by Clare County Council and Galway City Council.
Toner has been a part-time lecturer on the MA in Literature and Publishing in NUI Galway since 2008. He teaches two courses and is also responsible for organising two industry visits per year.
Toner has worked as a freelance 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 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 on music writing, as well as an interview with Toner, below. Visit Toner’s LinkedIn profile here.