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Toner Quinn


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 JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland (now The Journal of Music), which won the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC in 2010. The Journal of Music today has an international readership and is highly regarded for its music journalism and criticism. As a musician, Toner released a duet album in 2013 with fiddle player Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions (Ergodos), which was chosen as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year. As Project Officer for the Arts Council’s Special Committee on the Traditional Arts in 2004, he was responsible for drafting the document Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts. He was also commissioned by the Council to write a major report on the Irish harping tradition that was published in 2014. He is editor of the collection of essays Desmond Fennell: his life and work, exploring the work of the late Irish writer, and recently contributed a radio essay on Fennell to the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta series Aistí ón Aer. Since 2008, Toner has lectured in publishing on the MA in Literature and Publishing at the University of Galway.

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