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.
Music and the Betrayal of Ireland
A musical response to crisis.
A Connection Like a Full Moon
Is increased audience participation the great musical trend of our time?
How Can We Connect to the Musical Life Around Us?
Reflecting on the diversity and intensity of musical life.
In the Irish-speaking areas of Ireland, visitors are sometimes frustrated because they speak Irish to locals and are responded to in English. It doesn’t take long for them to give up altogether, deciding that the language is actually truly dead in the...
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Entrepreneur
Funding for the arts is essential, but without the right approach it can blunt artists’ entrepreneurial skills, writes Toner Quinn
The direct impact the new digital culture is having on music, in terms of access, dissemination and copyright, is well documented, but the indirect impact less so. If, as Benedict Schlepper-Connolly suggests, digital platforms will transform the status of...
What about England?
A new generation of musicians and singers is pulling the English folk scene alongside its Irish and Scottish neighbours, pointing to a new era of collaboration – and perhaps even the healing of old wounds, writes Toner Quinn
‘I mbliana ní raibh aon urraíocht ar fáil faraor, leis an tseachtain ealaíne is oidhreachta a reachtáil mar a bhíonns againn go hiondúil.’ Or, in English: ‘Unfortunately, no sponsorship was...
A Few Days in the Sun?
The rise and fall of the Irish new music scene.
The search for a sustainable business model for the producing and selling of music in the digital age persists, but it is crippled by a narrow view of the internet. Presenting this technology as either a threat to income, due to its ability to copy content...
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For nine years, I have been poised as a magazine publisher, ready to leap into the virtual world entirely. From about 2006, I was expecting it every month. It has yet to happen. Earlier this year I witnessed another magazine, not unlike ours – one that...
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The Most Mod Con
Has the affection for the piano in the home sustained – or is it now a piece of technology to be superseded?
A radical new vision of music subsidy is needed