Toner Quinn is a fiddle player, writer about music, publisher, editor and lecturer.
He studied music at Waterford IT and publishing at the University of Stirling. In 2000 he founded the music magazine Journal of Music, which published 60 print issues before moving fully online. It is now established as a leading publication for music journalism and criticism. In 2010, the Journal of Music won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC. Toner continues to edit the Journal of Music and is a regular writer and commentator on music in Ireland.
As a musician, Toner has performed at home and abroad, from Celtic Connections to Masters of Tradition and from Kaleidoscope to the Ergodos Santa Rita concert series. In 2013, he released a duet album with Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions, which was chosen as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year. He has given fiddle workshops for the Irish World of Academy of Music and Dance and Belfast Trad.
In 2004, as Project Officer for the Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, he drafted the first policy on traditional arts for the Arts Council, published as Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Council to research the harping tradition in Ireland and this work was published in 2015. He is also the editor of the collection of essays Desmond Fennell: his life and work, exploring the work of the late Irish writer and intellectual.
Since 2008, Toner has been a part-time lecturer on the MA in Literature and Publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.