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.
From Crisis to Combustion
Daring performances in 'The Second Violinist', a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival, explore a range of personal and musical crises, writes Toner Quinn.
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.
The End (and the Beginning) of the Experimental Music Festival
Far from 'anything goes', programming a festival of experimental music may be the most difficult type of all. With a new artistic director, the Borealis festival in Bergen, Norway, seized the challenge, writes Toner Quinn.
Who Will Invest in Irish Music?
The next steps for the Irish music industry require 'strong leadership', says a new report, but where will it come from?
‘Our media have a great deal to answer for’
Benjamin Dwyer’s new book asks hard questions about Irish musical life.
You're Not an Artist, You're a Start-Up
The feverishness around the idea of the ‘start-up’ is remarkable, and artists could learn a lot from it.
Is the musical focus of the tech world too narrow?
Musical life is more complex than it appears online.
A Gaeltacht Moment
An upcoming festival of music and song in Conamara is about the past and the future.
From the Ground Up
Miltown Malbay and the cultural spaces that draw us back
The Thin Green Line: On Writing About Irish Traditional Music
Musicians need to harness the printed word to affect their fortunes.
The Splintering
Towards a future of micro music communities.
The Search for Recognition
Only when artists value their own work will our society value them too.
What Ireland Can Teach the World About Music
The three things that make Irish music different
Who Would Choose the Creative Life?
Lemonade, crisps and the creative economy
Where Noel Hill Meets Jennifer Walshe
Between cultural loss and cultural combat
The Journey of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
From Kitty Lie Over to The Gloaming
All to Play For
A challenge for music and musicians.