Diary

8 August 2017
My review of the new opera The Second Violinist at the Galway International Arts Festival.
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21 July 2017
Performing with soprano Aimee Banks at Galway Fringe Festival.

8 July 2017
Discussing Helen Phelan’s new book, ‘Singing the Rite to Belong’ on BBC Radio 3.

16 June 2017
Performing at the Cuimhneacháin ‘an Mine’ concert in Seancoil Sailearana, Indreabhán.

6 June 2017
Announcing the participants of the Music Writer Mentoring Schemes in Galway City and County Clare.
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3 June 2017
My Irish Times review of the book Post-Truth by Evan Davis. https://goo.gl/K1jB8B
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3 June 2017
Taking part in Ceili House on RTÉ Radio 1, broadcast from An Spidéal, Co. Galway. Full programme: https://goo.gl/TX6qN4

28 May 2017
Article: Music in the Wake of Manchester
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2 May 2017
Article: Concertina Journey – Review of Cormac Begley’s solo album

18 April 2017
Article: Review of The Loom by Liam O’Connor – At the Heart of Fiddle-Playing

17 April 2017
Taking part in discussion on traditional music and the state on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as part of Cruinniú na Cásca. Full programme: https://goo.gl/1ASj3W
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3 April 2017
Broadcast a radio essay on music writing on Arena arts show, RTÉ Radio 1.


31 March 2017
Visit to Penguin Ireland, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and O’Brien Press with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing. As a lecturer on the MA, I organise two trips a year to a range of publishing companies.
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30 March 2017
Review of An tEarrach Thiar by Johnny Óg Connolly: Goodbye to the Storytellers

22 March 2017
Speaking on Galway Bay FM about the new music writer mentoring scheme for Galway City.

18 March 2017
West of Ireland music scene for Journal spotlight. 
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15 March 2017
Interview on Morning Focus on Clare FM – discussing the new music writer mentoring scheme for County Clare.

13 March 2017
Launch of Music Writer Mentoring Scheme for Galway and Clare

1 March 2017
Attending NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) consultation on new Junior Cycle Music. http://www.juniorcycle.ie/Curriculum/Subjects/Music/Music

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12 January 2017
Attending Places Matter: What happens when we invest in the arts? conference, organised by the Arts Council.
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4 January 2017
Article – The Classical Music Establishment Strikes Back

2 December 2016
Taking part in the Ireland’s Edge Conference as part of the Other Voices Festival in Dingle. https://goo.gl/0UFjca

1 December 2016
“There is no doubt that Toner Quinn’s Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland, published by the Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2015, was a turning point for the harp in Ireland; it acted as a catalyst and captured a sense of the liveliness and bubbling undercurrent of harp activity simmering all over the country. It empowered the harp community, giving it a confident voice to assert, as Quinn pointed out, ‘a tradition that has been recovered, recreated, reimagined and reinterpreted for the present day’. Despite the fact that there was relatively little exposure given to the harp’s emblematic position in the official centenary commemorations, 2016 saw the harp in Ireland ’come out’ in many different ways; with its diversity and unique sound acknowledged across a number of platforms.” – Aibhlín McCrann, An Cruitire (Dec 2016)

26 November 2016
Fiddle talk and performance for An tAcadamh in An Cheathrú Rua.
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12 November 2016
Article: Irish Musicians, Do Not Normalise This Hatred

30 October 2016
Attending the 2nd meeting of the new umbrella organisation Harp Ireland: Cruit Éireann at Achill Harp Festival. See http://achillharpfestival.ie and https://goo.gl/6um2Ox
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28 October 2016
Visiting Lonely Planet (Dublin office), Ashville Media and Westside Press with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing. As a lecturer on the MA, I organise two trips a year to a range of publishing companies.
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17/18 September & 8/9 October
Ag glacadh páirt in Éirí Amach Chois Fharraige, séo atá scríobhtha ag Joe Steve Ó Neachtain. Mar chuid den seó, bhí mé ag labhairt faoi mo shin-sean uncail, Thomas Walsh, a ghlac páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca i 1916.
Taking part in Éirí Amach Chois Fharraige, a show written by Joe Steve Ó Neachtain. As part of the show, I spoke about my great-grand uncle Tom Walsh, who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
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9 September 2016
Concert for An tAcadamh in An Cheathrú Rua with Breandán Ó hEaghra (guitar/original songs in Irish) and my son, Oliver Quinn (fiddle).

8 April 2016
Live at the Steeple Sessions by Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke now on Spotify. https://goo.gl/vbOz5S

14 April 2016
Visiting Storyful, Maximum Media and Gill Books with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing.
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2 March 2016
Reading from the work of Bob Gilmore at The World According to Bob: A Night of Irish Music at Café OTO, London.
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15 February 2016
Article: 
Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote?

25 January 2016
Article:
Will 2016 be a Turning Point for the Irish Harp?

19 January 2016
Arts Council publishes my Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland
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5 January 2016
Article: Time to Reignite the Fight for Music in 2016

3–5 November 2015
Attending Web Summit. https://websummit.net/

23 October 2015
Visiting Hachette Books Ireland, Image Magazine and Brosna Press with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing.
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22 October 2015
Article:
Published review of Ensemble Ériú’s Stargazer.

19 October 2015
Presenting my research on the harping tradition in Ireland to the Arts Council and members of the harper community. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Full report to be published by the Arts Council in November 2015.

12 September 2015
Con Tempo Quartet / Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke / David Conway (saxophone) @ Galway City Museum – 11am–1pm. http://www.journalofmusic.com/listing/05-08-15/3-saturdays-3-kinds-music-0
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7 July 2015
Article: 
Why We Need a Traditional Music Infrastructure

29 April 2015
Article: 
The End (and the Beginning) of the Experimental Music Festival

16 April 2015
Visiting The Collins Press, Bradshaw Books and Vearsa with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing.
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12–15 March 2015
Attending Borealis Contemporary Music Festival, Bergen, Norway. http://www.borealisfestival.no/home-2/
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1 April 2015
Article: Who Will Invest in Irish Music?

7 March 2015
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Belfast Trad – fiddle workshop & recital. http://belfasttrad.com/

29 January 2015
Toner Quinn (solo fiddle) @ Santa Rita Concerts, Little Museum of Dublin
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25 January 2015
Article in the Sunday Business Post
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12 January 2015
Arts Tonight interview on RTÉ Radio 1.


9 January 2015
Article: ‘Our media have a great deal to answer for’

19 December 2014
Article: You’re Not an Artist, You’re a Start-up

14 December 2014
Article: Is the musical focus of the tech world too narrow?

29 November 2014
Music workshop as part of the Diploma in Irish Culture in NUI Galway / Ceardlann cheoil in Áras na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (Dioplóma sa Chultúr Dúchais)

28 November 2014
Performing at Laochra Chonamara: Bob Quinn in An Taibhdhearc, Galway

25 November 2014
Performing live on Raidió na Gaeltachta / Beo ar Iris Aniar ar Raidió na Gaeltachta, mar chuid den chlár faoi Laochra Chonamara.

4–6 November 2014
Attending Web Summit. http://websummit.net/

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23 October 2014
Visiting Liberties Press, Irish Arts Review, and Grehan’s Printers with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing.
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12 October 2014
Interview in the Sunday Business Post
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4 October 2014

Leitrim Equation 4: Giving a Workshop on Marketing for Musicians, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, 10am–1pm

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28 September 2014
Performing with Ceoltóirí Óga Chois Fharraige at Oireachtas Chois Fharraige, 1974–2014. http://www.coisfharraige.ie/oireachtas-chois-fharraige/oireachtas-chois-fharraige-2014/

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20 September 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Clifden Arts Festival

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17 September 2014
Speaking at Tower Seminar Series – The Frost Is All Over: Writing about Traditional Irish Music: Óró Domhnaigh and the Journal of Music @ Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. http://journalofmusic.com/listing/16-09-14/tower-seminar-series-frost-all-over-writing-about-traditional-irish-music-oro

12 September 2014
Article: A Gaeltacht Moment

25 July 2014
Article: From the Ground Up: Miltown Malbay and the cultural spaces that draw us back

22 July 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. http://www.gerardmanleyhopkins.org/
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19 July 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Galway Fringe Fiddle Festival. http://galwayfringe.ie/events/galway-fringe-fiddle-festival/

18 July 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke playing live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta: http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=17:10303132:1747:18-07-2014:

25 June 2014
Teaching at Blas – International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Song and presenting the Francis Roche Memorial Lecture.
Lecture title: ‘The Thin Green Line: On Writing About Irish Traditional Music’
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21 June 2014
Article on harp research in The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/arts-council-harping-survey-1527802-Jun2014/

5 June 2014
Commissioned by the Arts Council to undertake research into the harping tradition in Ireland:
http://journalofmusic.com/listing/19-06-14/arts-council-launches-major-survey-irish-harpers
http://newsletter.artscouncil.ie/1gnjmvkux9y

9-11 May 2014
Attending Spor Festival for Contemporary Music and Sound Art in Aarhus, Denmark. http://www.sporfestival.dk/
Article: The Splintering
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4 May 2014
Launching a new CD, The Eighteen Maloney by uilleann piper David Power, at Féile Joe Éinniú.
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25 April 2014

Article: The Search for Recognition

10 April 2014
Article: What Ireland Can Teach the World About Music

27 March 2014
Article: Who Would Choose the Creative Life?

25 March 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke with Breandán O hEaghra @ Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Dublin, 6pm
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14 March 2014
Article: Where Noel Hill Meets Jennifer Walshe

8 March 2014
Article in The Journal: Music and austerity – how do we express the time we live in?

8 March 2014
New Music Dublin, NCH, 1.30pm: participating in a discussion on ‘How emerging composers engage with their public’
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4 March 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke/Noel Hill/Peter Browne @ Session with the Pipers , The Cobblestone, Dublin, 9pm
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28 February 2014
Article: The Journey of Caoimhín O Raghallaigh

14 February 2014
Visiting Transworld Ireland and Harmonia with students of the MA in Literature and Publishing.
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14 February 2014
Article: All to Play For: A Challenge for Music and Musicians

3 February 2014
Contributor to Arts Tonight: A River of Sound: celebrating and debating The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland

24 January 2014
Article: How Can We Connect to the Musical Life Around Us?

20 January 2014
Article: Music and the Betrayal of Ireland

26 January 2014
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Celtic Connections, Glasgow, 8pm
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24 January 2014
Article: A Connection Like a Full Moon

6 December 2013
Live at the Steeple Sessions selected by the Irish Times as one of the traditional music albums of 2013.

9 November 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Glück-auf-Keller, Besigheim, Germany

8 November 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Professor Pröpstls Puppentheater, Backnang, Germany

7 November 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Vorstadttheater, Tübingen, Germany

3 November 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Schlosskeller, Marbach am Neckar, Germany. Tickets here.

24 October 2013
Attending Womex in Cardiff, Wales.
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16 October 2013
A meeting of Irish harpers at the Arts Council on 16 October 2013. I had the pleasure of chairing this meeting. It was called to discuss ways of promoting the harp in Ireland.
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13 October 2013
Toner Quinn + Malachy Bourke @ Cork Folk Festival, 6pm – Duo Concert, An Spailpín Fánach
Toner Quinn + Malachy Bourke @ Cork Folk Festival, 9pm – Supporting Rynne/Barou/Lunny,  The Pavilion

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31 August 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Electric Picnic
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26 July 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Galway Arts Festival
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‘Cóilín Phádraig Shéamais’ @ Galway Arts Festival

10 July 2013
‘The Rakes of Kildare’ on Clare FM @ Willie Clancy Summer School

7 July 2013
Launch of Live at the Steeple Sessions, Willie Clancy Summer School
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5 July 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Traidphicnic
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20 June 2013
Speaking @ The Future of Music in the Digital World Conference
Text of talk: ‘How can we use digital technology to connect to the musical life around us?’
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12 May 2013
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ @ Baltimore Fiddle Fair
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4 May 2013
Performing solo @ Féile Joe Heaney
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9 March 2013
Performing with Rís @ Áras na nGael

26 December 2012
Te Bruite Project with Rís @ Tigh Mholly

15 August 2012
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Masters of Tradition

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1 August 2012
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Kaleidoscope

5 July 2012
Performing with jazz guitarist Stevie McFarlane @ Volvo Ocean Race Festival

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2 November 2011
Accompanying the 1912 film His Mother on solo fiddle @ Irish Film Institute

1-2 October 2011
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Cork Folk Festival
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23–30 August 2011
@ Sharq Taronalari Festival, Uzebekistan, with Sean Corcoran, Malachy Bourke, Brian Bourke and Lorcán Brady
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19 July 2011
Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke @ Steeple Sessions
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6 July 2011
Accompanying the film His Mother (1912) @ Galway Film Fleadh

25 April 2010
The Journal of Music wins the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC
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September 2004
Publication of Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts, the report of the Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, for which I was Project Officer: http://www.artscouncil.ie/uploadedFiles/Main_Site/Content/Research_and_Publications/Traditional_arts/traditional_arts_eng.pdf

September 2011
Publication of Desmond Fennell: his life and work, edited by Toner Quinn: http://www.amazon.com/Desmond-Fennell-His-Life-Work/dp/1853905097
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