Jonny Quinn

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Jonny Quinn
Jonny Quinn in Copenhagen.jpg
Jonny Quinn at Vega (Copenhagen, Denmark) in 2006
Background information
Birth name Jonathan Graham Quinn
Also known as Jonny
Born (1972-02-26) 26 February 1972 (age 46)
Origin Bangor, Northern Ireland, UK
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1991–present
Labels Fiction/Interscope, Good Vibrations
Associated acts Snow Patrol, The Mighty Fall, The New Brontes, Disraeli Gears

Jonathan Graham "Jonny" Quinn[1] (b. 26 February 1972) is a Northern Irish drummer, born in Bangor.[2] He is best known as the drummer for alternative rock band Snow Patrol, and was previously a member of bands like The Mighty Fall, The New Brontes and Disraeli Gears. As drummer for Snow Patrol, he has played on all releases. He is married to industrial designer Mariane Quinn (née Røkke).


He attended Rockport School near Holywood where singer Gary Lightbody was also a pupil. He once used to work in the music store for Good Vibrations, the record label that first signed The Undertones.[3] In the early 1990s, he was a member of The Mighty Fall, in which he had a band mate in Iain Archer.[4][5] He was also a member of The New Brontes.[6] In the summer of 1992, he became a member of Disraeli Gears, which was formed by Iain's brother Paul.[7][8][8] In 1995, he completed a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts.[9] In October 1996, he started a live music venue with Brendan McCauley, called The Crescent Arts Centre. Disraeli Gears played regular shows at the venue throughout the rest of the year.[9] In 1997, they recorded their first studio album, Pure Groove.[9]

He's been with Snow Patrol since their first full-length release, Songs for Polarbears. During Snow Patrol's Eyes Open Tour, on 15 January 2007, Quinn broke a bone in his elbow in a snowboarding accident and was unable to play several shows of the tour.[10][11] He asked Ex-Therapy? drummer and long-time friend of the band Graham Hopkins to fill in for him.[11] Hopkins toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States for 3 months until Quinn had fully recovered.[12] In the meantime, Snow Patrol were to play at the 2007 BRIT Awards. U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. volunteered to take on the duty but the band already had Hopkins. Quinn said he felt "honored" at the offer.[13] He names Ginger Baker, Louie Bellson and Stewart Copeland among his influences.[14]

In 2009, Jonny set up and launched the publishing company Polar Patrol Publishing. His first signing was Johnny McDaid who then went onto write with many artists including Ed Sheeran, Birdy and Robbie Williams. Jonny was also responsible for signing Belle & Sebastian to Polar Patrol in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of actress Patricia Quinn and the brother of Bradley Quinn, Snow Patrol's longtime photographer.[15] His cousin is Debbie Armstrong, wife of former Northern Ireland assistant manager Gerry Armstrong.[16] Quinn had a habit of stage-diving, which resulted in many fractured limbs. After the band signed to Fiction/Interscope, he was asked to curb it, lest he break his arm.[17]

He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, industrial designer Mariane Røkke at Snow Patrol's homecoming show at Ward Park in 2007. He wrote "Marry me Mariane" on his drum kit, which was shown on the screens beside the stage. They tied the knot in Mariane's hometown Oslo on 16 August 2008. Jonny's brother Bradley Quinn was the best man. Guests included the band, past Snow Patrol collaborator and band mate Iain Archer and singer Declan O'Rourke. The couple went to Zanzibar for their honeymoon.[18] He lives in Crouch End, London with his wife and son, near band mate Nathan Connolly.[19][20]



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  23. ^ "Discography". D-N-A. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-03.  though spells them Disreali Gears