Toner Quinn is a musician, writer about music, publisher, editor and lecturer.
He studied music at Waterford IT and publishing at the University of Stirling in Scotland. In 2000 he founded the music magazine Journal of Music, which published 60 print issues before moving fully online. In 2010, the Journal of Music won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC. It is regarded today as a leading publication for music journalism and criticism. Toner continues to edit the Journal of Music and is a regular writer and commentator on music and the arts in Ireland.
As a musician, Toner has performed at Celtic Connections, Masters of Tradition and as part of the Kaleidoscope and Ergodos 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 write a report on the harping tradition in Ireland. This research was published in 2014. He is also the editor of the collection of essays Desmond Fennell: his life and work, exploring the work of the late Irish writer.
Since 2008, Toner has been a part-time lecturer on the MA in Literature and Publishing at the University of Galway.