Toner Quinn is Editor of the Journal of Music.
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.
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.
Funding for the arts is essential, but without the right approach it can blunt artists’ entrepreneurial skills, writes Toner Quinn
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...
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
‘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...
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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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
Arts funding continues to look vulnerable in this economic recession, but it always has been, and we have to seriously look at why this is.Arts communities have continually put forward economic, cultural and social arguments for funding for the arts, and yet...
Parents sing, sing, sing to their children in the pre-school years... and then it stops. Why?
How the arts can get through this recession
There are many issues involved in writing about music, some of which are addressed in this issue in articles by John McLachlan and Bob Gilmore, but traditional-music criticism has problems all of its own.Unlike other genres, the body of high-quality criticism...
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