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New Music For Old Rituals brings together a selection of stories that illustrate the pervasive power of the past in the present. Together they present a strange yet familiar country where cautionary tales still serve a purpose; where sacred sites of sea, forest, valley and forts hold power, where old legends live, and where new myths are born. Within the pages of New Music ...more
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Published November 3rd 2018 by Independently Published
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Priya Sharma
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Fahey links ancient and modern Ireland, where land, myth and people are wedded in rhythms that are binding and eternal. The old rituals that the title refers to are violent and arcane.

We imagine ourselves sophisticated creatures but Fahey reveals how fragile that delusion is in the face of malevolent forces that predate us (and I suspect, in the world she conjures, will survive us). Our maladies aren't as modern as we suppose- depression, prejudice, poverty, isolation, and grief are timel
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Cate Gardner
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought New Music for Old Rituals at Sledge Lit in 2018 (don't kick me if I've got the date wrong - it was definitely a Derby gig)* and it is signed by the fair lady herself. Tracy did an excellent reading at the launch, who couldn't listen to that fantastic Irish lilt all day. Onto the book, because unless she's reading it to you personally, that reading isn't going to matter to you.

These are fairy tales rooted in the everyday, folklore hidden within your mother's washing or in the outside loo
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Kimberly
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love folklore. I love the feeling I get when I hear someone tell a story that has been passed down from generation to generation. I love to ponder whether the story is told by a believer in that story, or told like a fable-a cautionary tale which serves as an illustration of a culture’s social values.


I also love Tracey Fahey’s writing. So to read her latest short story collection, New Music for Old Rituals was a real treat for me. She takes various tales of folklore and puts a contemporary spi
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Shelves: modern-folklore
An excellent collection of modernized folklore with bits of horror, history, and tragedy around the fringes.
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Tracy Fahey is an Irish writer of Gothic fiction. In 2017 her debut collection The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. Seven of her short stories have been longlisted by Ellen Datlow in her The Year's Best Horror volumes, and her 'That Thing I Did' received an Honourable Mention for the 2019 edition. Her short fiction is published in over thirty Ir ...more

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