Toner began learning fiddle with Tom Glackin. He subsequently completed a music degree at Waterford IT where he studied with Noelle O’Connor.
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. Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 commented, ‘That new Toner Quinn fiddle record is so simple and so good… You’ll have to listen again if you missed it.’
Toner and Malachy have performed at Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry, Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Galway International Arts Festival, Kaleidoscope Night and the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Uzbekistan.
See below a review of Live at the Steeple Sessions by Siobhan Long in the Irish Times.
Irish Times review of Live at the Steeple Sessions, 27 September 2013
“Small but perfectly formed, this live recording clocks in at a modest 28 minutes, an object lesson in the less-is-more school of traditional music.
This fiddle duo take palpable pleasure in stripping tunes back to barebones essence, their inventive pairings propelling the music into a place where it can be heard as if for the first time.
Their longest set, bookended by Ryan’s Slip-Jig and The Cordal Jig showcases Quinn and Bourke’s fluid symbiosis beautifully: spirited yet spacious, lithe and languorous, they conjure apparently effortlessly the tunes’ dance roots in a concert recorded in a church setting.
These childhood friends play as if the tunes are entwined in a single DNA helix. Frankie Gavin’s Josie Begley’s Fancy makes a cosy bed-fellow for the well-worn If There Weren’t Any Women in the World, a fine snapshot of musicians jousting playfully with the music. A distilled delight. ergodos.ie”