Toner began learning fiddle with Donegal fiddle-player Tom Glackin. He subsequently completed a music degree at Waterford IT, where he studied with Limerick fiddle-player Noelle O’Connor.

A solo fiddle version of Len Graham’s song ‘Do Me Justice’ (recorded December 2014 for RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts Tonight programme)

Atlantean (live performance at The Little Museum of Dublin on 29 January 2015) – Composed by Roger Doyle for the film ‘Atlantean’ (1984) by Bob Quinn

In 2013, Toner released a fiddle duet album  with Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions (Ergodos), which was selected as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year. Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 said, ‘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 Masters of Tradition, Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Session with the Pipers, Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections, Cork Folk Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Traidphicnic, Kaleidoscope and the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Uzbekistan.

Here is a live recording from the Clifden Arts Festival 2014 in which Toner and Malachy perform a version of the Conamara song ‘Cóilín Phádraig Shéamuis’. Toner composed the jig and reel based on this song air. Malachy begins the set.

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.


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