Toner Quinn

Anchoring the Tension
Toner Quinn reviews a Music and Musings concert in Galway featuring the world premiere of Greg Caffrey's fourth string quartet.
Why We Should Be Listening to Folk Music
Nobody spotted the rise of populism, say the media and the politicians, but that’s not entirely true when it comes to folk music, writes Toner Quinn. There is a case to be made for listening much more carefully to the music around us.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Example Will Continue to Inspire
A tribute to the renowned Irish musician, composer and educator who died on 7 November 2018.
A New Edge to the West
The Galway Jazz Festival has a new momentum and was bigger again this year – Toner Quinn attended a mix of concerts, from the Radio String Quartet to Peter Broderick, plus a debate on Brexit.
Everything Strange
In the world premiere of Jennifer Walshe's 'The Worlding' at the Model in Sligo, her 'Aisteach' project comes alive, writes Toner Quinn.
Somebody is in Control
The first All Together Now festival took place on 3–5 August on the Curraghmore Estate in Waterford. It's where the new Irish generations come for freedom – or is it order, asks Toner Quinn.
Remembering Tommy Peoples
A tribute to the great Irish fiddle-player who died on 3 August.
How Musicians Can Start to Afford Ireland
Singer-songwriter David Kitt is leaving Ireland because of the housing situation, and music writer and DJ Nialler9 is 'stressed and broken' by it. Boom after bust after boom, the lot of the Irish musician never seems to change. There is a way to change this, writes Toner Quinn.
Adventurous Spirit
Irish National Opera continues to experiment and excite with a production of Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice' in Galway and a spectacular performance by Sharon Carty, writes Toner Quinn.
A Global Ireland Without Musicians?
The Irish Government has launched a new initiative, 'Global Ireland', with international aspirations – but what does it mean for Irish music?
A High-Wire Act
The debut album from The High Seas trio contains feverish music and some classic moments, writes Toner Quinn.
Reimagining Belfast
Fiddle-player Conor Caldwell's diverse new album is inspired by both the historic work of collector Edward Bunting and the sounds of contemporary Belfast, writes Toner Quinn.
Strange Type of Orchestra Love
The RTÉ orchestras report has made recommendations in response to a crisis, but we have not heard enough discussion of the issues that caused it, writes Toner Quinn.
Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through?
When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened, writes Toner Quinn.
Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation
A tribute to the great uilleann piper who died on 14 March.
The Orchestras are Only One Part of the Question
The debate around RTÉ's orchestras points to deeper challenges – it's essential that we keep this conversation going, writes Toner Quinn.
Dig it in Galway
The Galway Jazz Festival is on an ambitious new path – with over 40 events over 4 days held in October. Toner Quinn attended three sold-out shows at the Mick Lally Theatre.
The Edges of Revolt
What makes a political folk opera work? Do traditional musicians go far enough in their experimentations? And what is the 'social side' of classical music? Toner Quinn reflects on a range of questions raised by the musical riches at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Music in the Wake of Manchester
The suicide bombing at Manchester Arena was the second such attack at a music event in two years. What is to be the role of music in this 'age of anger', asks Toner Quinn.
Concertina Journey
Concertina player Cormac Begley’s creative journey has been one to watch, and his new solo album is an assertive next step, writes Toner Quinn.
At the Heart of Fiddle-Playing
Liam O'Connor's first solo album strikes the balance between virtuosity and style, writes Toner Quinn.
Goodbye to the Storytellers
Johnny Óg Connolly's new song cycle for Liam Ó Maonlaí captured a range of atmospheres, from mystery to melancholy, writes Toner Quinn.
The Classical Music Establishment Strikes Back
Michael Dervan's new book, 'The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916–2016', is, like the Composing the Island festival last September, an attempt at addressing the ‘invisibility of composers in Irish life’ – but not all composers, writes Toner Quinn.
From the Editor: Irish Musicians, Do Not Normalise This Hatred
A line has been crossed. Will Irish musicians and composers participate in the new US regime?
Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote?
The Journal of Music looks at what the parties are promising for music.
When Stravinsky Came to Dublin in 1963
RTÉ orchestras will perform two nights of music by Stravinsky this weekend. We take the opportunity to look back on the composer's visit to Ireland in June 1963.
Will 2016 be a Turning Point for the Irish Harp?
Having a harp on our coins only really matters if we give meaning to that symbolism, writes Toner Quinn.
Time to Reignite the Fight for Music in 2016
RTÉ Lyric FM is in the news because of its schedule changes, but the strength of the response is a positive thing.
Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer
Ensemble Ériu, a group that combines traditional, jazz and contemporary music, recently toured their new six-part suite 'Stargazer'. Toner Quinn attended the opening performance in Galway.
Why We Need a Traditional Music Infrastructure
The world of the professional traditional musician appears to be contracting, writes Toner Quinn.