Toner Quinn is a publisher, editor, lecturer, musician and writer on music. Since 2000, he has published the award-winning Journal of Music, and since 2008 has lectured in publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Toner has a degree in music from Waterford IT and an M. Phil. in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland. In 2000, he founded the bi-monthly magazine JMI: The Journal of Music in Ireland (later The Journal of Music), which won a PPAI design award and an Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC.
He has worked as an editor for a range of companies, including RTÉ and the Dublin Examining Board, and edited a collection of essays, Desmond Fennell: his life and work.
Toner was also Project Officer for the Arts Council’s Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, which produced the report Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts, and was recently commissioned by the Council to research and write a report on the harping tradition in Ireland.
In 2013, on the Ergodos label, he 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 is a regular writer for The Journal of Music and his articles can be found here.
Listen to an interview on RTÉ Radio 1 with Toner below: