Toner Quinn is editor of the Journal of Music.
Johnny Óg Connolly's new song cycle for Liam Ó Maonlaí captured a range of atmospheres, from mystery to melancholy, writes Toner Quinn.
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.
A line has been crossed. Will Irish musicians and composers participate in the new US regime?
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.
Having a harp on our coins only really matters if we give meaning to that symbolism, writes Toner Quinn.
RTÉ Lyric FM is in the news because of its schedule changes, but the strength of the response is a positive thing.
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.
The world of the professional traditional musician appears to be contracting, writes Toner Quinn.
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.
The next steps for the Irish music industry require 'strong leadership', says a new report, but where will it come from?
Benjamin Dwyer’s new book asks hard questions about Irish musical life.
The feverishness around the idea of the ‘start-up’ is remarkable, and artists could learn a lot from it.
Musical life is more complex than it appears online.
An upcoming festival of music and song in Conamara is about the past and the future.
Miltown Malbay and the cultural spaces that draw us back
In the world of music the printed word holds a great deal of power, writes Toner Quinn, and it should not be underestimated.
Towards a future of micro music communities.
Only when artists value their own work will our society value them too.
The three things that make Irish music different
Lemonade, crisps and the creative economy
Between cultural loss and cultural combat
From Kitty Lie Over to The Gloaming
A challenge for music and musicians.
A musical response to crisis.
Is increased audience participation the great musical trend of our time?
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...
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...
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