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Nick Ellis – spring tour dates

Nick Ellis is a Liverpool-based singer and guitarist who released his debut album Daylight Ghosts via Liverpool label Mellowtone Records in November 2016. Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation ...
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Shirley Collins talks to Dave Freak for Folking

"It’s been a sort of fairy story!" is how Shirley Collins describes her unexpected return to the spotlight with a studio album and live tour after 30 years of silence. The singer and song collector was at the forefront of the so-called folk revival, releasing a string of well-received and ...
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VARIOUS – From Here: English Folk Field Recordings (From Here Sitw005)

They may be newcomers to the scene, but Stick In The Wheel are certainly making their mark, not just with their own recordings and associated artifacts, but in their involvement with the folk world in general, and the traditional in particular. Band members Ian Carter and Nicola Kearey serve as ...
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QUILES & CLOUD – Shake Me Now (Compass)

Although conveniently filed under NewGrass, there’s more to San Francisco based duo Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud that bluegrass, Shake Me Now, their third album, produced by label founder Alison Brown, evidencing traces of jazz, classical, blues and folk. With Oscar Westesson on upright bass essentially making them a trio, ...
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Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors reveal new album

Souvenirs. Drew Holcomb has collected many of them. A road warrior for more than a decade, he's spent his adulthood onstage and on the road, traveling from place to place with a catalogue of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. He turns a new ...
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BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS – Copenhagen (LOUVAIO L00005)

Benjamin Folke Thomas was born on a small island off the coast of Sweden, mainly populated by evangelical Christians, but his third album takes it's title from across the Øresund; Copenhagen. Combining his upbringing with musical influences ranging from Leadbelly to Cohen and Jackson Browne means his work tends, perhaps ...
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Ron Sexsmith announces new album

Three-time Juno award winner Ron Sexsmith has revealed details about his new album, The Last Rider. Ron’s thirteenth studio recording was co-produced at The Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario by longtime drummer and collaborator Don Kerr and Sexsmith. The album is his first to include Ron’s touring band. Since making his major-label debut in 1995, Ron ...
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DAVE BURLAND AND THE AWKWARD SQUAD – Okkard (Fat Cat FATCD037)

Dave Burland may have recorded one of the definitive folk albums of the seventies but he’s always been a rocker at heart as anyone who has been in the same room as Shagpile will testify. Alongside him in The Awkward Squad are two members of that band, Dave Fisher and ...
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Ida Wenøe announces debut album and tour dates

Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe (pronounced EE-da ven-O) is excited to announce the UK release of her impressive debut solo album Time Of Ghosts on April 7th 2017 (Shellshock Distribution). Ida will be returning to the UK in April for a full UK tour, performing at Camden’s Green Note in ...
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MONSTER CEILIDH BAND – Mutation (Haystack Records HAYCD011)

There was a time when I would stand in front of a ceilidh band and when things were going well and you had a hall full of people who were into it it was the most fun you could have with your clothes on. When it comes to recording an ...
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Seafoam Green announces debut album, Topanga Mansion

The genesis of Seafoam Green followed a chance meeting with Rich Robinson during recording sessions in Nashville. Dave O’Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and European tour dates and soon the pair began writing and recording in earnest, leading to their collaboration on the stunning debut album ...
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Continuum whirlwind continues with April tour

The Shee’s much lauded 2016 album, Continuum, continues to garner critical acclaim – so much so that the band is responding to demand by taking to the road for a second album tour. The album, composed and released in celebration of the band’s tenth anniversary, will be the focus of ...
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KING’S GAMBIT – From One To Another (own label)

If you take away the rock excesses of folk-rock you’re left with Northampton’s King’s Gambit – a band that rocks acoustically while still capable of musical delicacy. I don’t like to make comparisons but they have something of the style and drive of CC Smugglers. From One To Another is ...
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RODNEY CROWELL – Close Ties (New West Records 6354)

While I've long been aware of Rodney Crowell's talents as a songwriter, going back at least as far as Emmylou Harris's 1975 recording of 'Bluebird Wine', his songs have always reached me as interpreted by other A-listers. So I jumped at the chance to take a closer look at his ...
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Thea Gilmore announces new album and single

Thea Gilmore has announced the release of her new album The Counterweight, which will be released June 2nd through Cooking Vinyl. The first single to be taken from the album, the rallying anthem ‘Sounds Good To Me’, is out now. “I like to think of it as a bit of ...
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CHILLI WILLI AND THE RED HOT PEPPERS – Real Sharp (Last LMCD204)

Way back in 1972, Martin Stone and Philip Lithman, reunited as a duo following the former’s stint with blues acts Savoy Brown and Mighty Baby and the latter’s time with The Residents in San Francisco, signed to Revelation Records and recorded Kings Of The Robot Rhythm under their new name ...
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Amy Duncan announces her sixth solo album

Antidote is the adventurous 6th album by singer/songwriter Amy Duncan. There are elements of pop folk, with harp and sparse acoustic guitar in an open tuning. Saxophone, drums, bass and odd time signatures in places add a slight jazz feel, with warm synths, layered vocals and field recordings from the ...
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Rackhouse Pilfer announce UK tour dates

Stomping Irish Americana-bluegrass sextet Rackhouse Pilfer announce extensive UK tour from March 11-April 2, opening with a show at this year’s Country to Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena. Performing songs from their acclaimed 2014 album Love And Havoc, they’ll also be previewing material from their eagerly anticipated third album, ...
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Aimee Mann heralds her new album with a single, ‘Goose Snow Cone’

The first album by Aimee Mann in five years, Mental Illness, will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran. The record follows 2012’s Charmer, which Rolling Stone proclaimed “shows off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies.” With this follow-up, she returns to a more musically soft-spoken but still lyrically barbed ...
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Fay Hield talks to Folking about touring, banjos and working in the shed

Last year Fay Hield took her Hurricane Party on tour to promote her new album, Old Adam. They are on the road again soon so I had to ask if there was anything particularly significant about this tour. “I’m hoping to bring my banjo along, actually.” I had to ask! ...
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ATLANTIC UNION – Homeward (Blue Island Records BI201601)

Atlantic Union is a long-established acoustic trio from St. John's, Newfoundland. Their third CD Homeward features a new thematic approach as well as a change of personnel since their last album, 2004's The Whole Dance. With the departure of Andrew Lang and the arrival of Jane Ogilvie, Sally Goddard is ...
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Quiles & Cloud announce their debut album

When Maria Quiles (pronounced key-less) and Rory Cloud met in 2011, both were adrift. Maria had quit her job, given up her San Francisco apartment, and moved in with her uncle in order to pursue music full-time. Rory had left behind a stable schedule of gigs and music lessons in Southern California ...
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The Waifs announce 25th anniversary album

It has been 25 years since West Australian sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson (now Vikki Thorn) joined forces with Josh Cunningham to create one of Australia’s best-loved bands, The Waifs. To celebrate this significant landmark the Waifs have recorded a double album of twenty-five original songs, one for each year, all of them recorded in the kitchen ...
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Dave Burn announces his debut solo album

Dave Burn, former vocalist and guitarist of alt-country band ahab emerges to create his eagerly awaited debut solo album Arizona. By turns autobiographical, celebratory and reflective, Dave Burn’s songwriting hits a high on Arizona, an album that cements Dave as an artist in his own right. After a whirlwind few ...
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MICK RYAN & PAUL DOWNES – The Passing Hour (WildGoose WGS417CD)

This is an album by two veterans; one famous as a songwriter, the other well-known as a sidesman and both fine singers. Many of the songs on The Passing Hour are by Mick Ryan, the others have been collected on their extensive travels and together they make up what might ...
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Alasdair Roberts – new album, tour and video

Alasdair Robert's high-spirited new album, Pangs, is in stores today - and in commemoration with this forthcoming moment of uplift, we share with one and all the newly-minted video for the title track. Throughout Pangs, Alasdair's leads a band on electric guitar, offering an evocation of the 60s and 70s folk-rockers of the British ...
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EMILY MAGUIRE – A Bit Of Blue (Shaktu Records, SHK2105)

Emily Maguire's latest album, A Bit Of Blue, pretty much defines the maxim that when you want people to really listen, speak quietly: make them lean in to hear properly. The first time it went on my CD player, I confess I was only half-listening. This is very much the ...
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Emily Maguire – new album and live dates

Emily Maguire, the beguiling British-born singer-songwriter whose remarkable personal journey fast-tracked her from the Australian bush to the Albert Hall, will release her first album in more than three years this Friday (February 24) – A Bit Of Blue. A sold out launch gig for A Bit Of Blue will ...
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THE HYDES – Green & Blue (Hyde Music Productions – HYDECD1)

This recently released debut album from Denver sibling duo – Joanna and Iain Hyde – who have mastered the art of Irish music, and entwined it with a dash of Americana and bluegrass, is a fabulous album! They have already won 2 accolades this year – Best New Group 2017 ...
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GARY INNES – Era (own label GH101)

Oh boy, do I like this CD? Yes, I do! Era is only the second ‘solo’ album released by Gary Innes who is part of the award-winning group, Mànran and it has such a variety of material that it grasps you from start to finish. All of the tunes and ...
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TOP FLOOR TAIVERS – A Delicate Game (TFT Records TFTR001)

The first thing I had to do was discover the meaning of taiver. Apparently it means a rag and, by extension, low or abject. Top Floor Taivers is a good name for a band but there is nothing abject or low about Claire Hastings, Gráinne Brady, Heather Downie and Tina ...
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Martha Tilston announces new album and single

Enchanting songstress Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album Nomad released via Squiggly Records on May 12th. Martha’s seventh album to date, Nomad will be preceded by the double A-side single ‘Nomad Blood’/‘Little Arrow’ on April 7 with UK live dates to follow. Nomad stands as Tilston’s most ...
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AMY WADGE AND LUKE JACKSON live at Cambridge Junction

Cambridge City Roots Festival, 7 February 2017 What comes across so strikingly from an evening with Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson is their natural rapport. Both are hugely talented songwriters, singers and musicians with a constant drive to create new music. They work effortlessly well together and although they like ...
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POLICE DOG HOGAN – Wild By The Side Of The Road

Formed in 2009 and currently an eight-piece, Wild By The Side Of The Road is Police Dog Hogan’s fourth album and firmly consolidates their growing reputation for infectiously punchy folk rock shaded with elements of country and bluegrass. Fronted by lyricist James Studholme and with banjo and mandolin provided by ...
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Dreadzone release new album and hit the road

Entering an impressive third decade, Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release a brand new album Dread Times on February 17th 2017. Dread Times is the band’s eighth studio album and the third release on their own Dubwiser label ...
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CARREG LAFAR – Aur (Sain SCD2754)

Carreg Lafar are a five-piece band from Wales and Aur is their fourth album in a career that has spanned 20 years.  From the front cover picture, with its carefully arranged Victoriana it's clear that this is going to be an album of traditional music and a glance at the ...
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THE HUT PEOPLE – Routes (Fellside FECD280)

The Hut People are an English instrumental duo, Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond. Routes is their fourth studio album on the Fellside label. Both are experienced musicians with and the list of artists they have worked with would grace any music festival - it includes Kathryn Tickell, The Dubliners, Sharon ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION – 50:50@50 (Matty Grooves MGCD054)

Opportunities for celebration come round with increasing frequency when you’ve been in the business as long as Fairport Convention has. The current line-up has been together for almost twenty years and before that they have a back catalogue so large that they can never hope to play it all. This ...
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The Hut People announce their fourth album

This month The Hut People release their fourth studio album on the Fellside label entitled Routes. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and ...
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BRENDAN HENDRY & JONNY TOMAN – Living Roots (own label LR001)

Living Roots is a traditional and modern tunes album that sets the scene from the first track – ‘The Boyne Hunt’. Hornpipe and fiddle at its best! I was already hooked! Track two – ‘The Crosses Of Annagh/Cousin Sally Brown’ is a melodic and haunting track to begin with – then ...
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Rock legend Steve Hackett announces new album

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony).  As implied in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division ...
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Rodney Crowell announces new album

Multi-Grammy award winning troubadour Rodney Crowell will release his new album Close Ties on 7th April through New West Records. The ten-song set is his first album in over three years and follows The Traveling Kind, his acclaimed collection of duets with long-time collaborator Emmylou Harris. Co-produced by Jordan Lehning ...
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ELIZA CARTHY & THE WAYWARD BAND – Big Machine (Topic TSCD592P)

From her debut solo album back in 1996, Carthy has never been predictable in her constant determination to both celebrate and reinvent the folk tradition and, while that may not have always endeared her to purists, it has produced a remarkable - and sometimes challenging - back catalogue. Her latest ...
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Carrie Elkin announces new solo album and UK tour dates

The Penny Collector is Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin’s long-awaited new solo album. After touring extensively as a featured vocalist with the Sam Baker Trio and as a duo performer with her husband Danny Schmidt, this is Elkin’s highly anticipated return to her solo work. Written in a year that ...
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KRIS WOODBIRD – Monsters Of Heart (Mess Productions MESS116)

Known to friends and family as Krister Svensson, Woodbird hails from southern Sweden and is currently based out of Stockholm, arriving at his indie folk singer-songwriter incarnation by way of punk and electronica. His Facebook page talks about him as a mix of Bonnie Prince Billy, Jason Molina and Bon ...
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MIKE GROGAN – Too Many Ghosts (Poacher Records PRCD105 & PRLP106)

Mike Grogan’s musical background spans many genres - rock, punk and indie among them. He became a solo artist in 2011 and released his first album in 2012. Too Many Ghosts is released on 10th February 2017 and will be his third solo release. Mike has written all the songs ...
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ALICE MARRA – Chain Up The Swings (Inner City Sound Records ICS002)

Those of you who are paying attention will have spotted the name and wondered what was going on. Yes, Alice Marra is a Hazey Jane and daughter of the late, totally wonderful Michael Marra and Chain Up The Swings is a tribute to her father featuring twelve of his songs ...
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SIOBHAN MILLER – Strata (Songprint Records SPR003CD)

Scotland is currently blessed with a crop of superb young female singers and Siobhan Miller is right up there in the top section of that list. Although still a young lady, she has been prominent on the folk scene for many years, appearing at clubs, concerts, festivals and regularly on ...
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MÀNRAN – An Dà Là – The Two Days (Mànran Records MAN04)

It is now so easy to create your own CD that most artistes of any calibre have at least one to boast of. Regretfully, this does not always produce a product of a suitable quality worthy of review. As such, I was delighted to receive An Dà Là the latest ...
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Keston Cobblers Club – new album and tour

This spring Keston Cobblers Club return with their brand new album, Almost Home, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album,Wildfire. While continuing to showcase huge hooks, intricate melodies and the kind of honest, accessible lyrics that have already won them an army of loyal fans - Almost Home ...
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Son Volt announce their new album, Notes Of Blue

Nashville, TN – Seminal band Son Volt has announced the February 17 release of their new album, Notes Of Blue (Thirty Tigers). Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt.country movement of the 1990’s ...
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RAYNA GELLERT – Workin’s Too Hard (Storysound 161-019)

Fiddle player with Uncle Earl, Gellert follows up her 2013 solo debut with the seven track Workin’s Too Hard, which, at under 25 minutes, may be a little on the sort side but does further underscore her development as a songwriter in the American folk tradition as well as providing ...
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JUDE JOHNSTONE – A Woman’s Work (BoJack BJR2221960-2)

Although A Woman’s Work is her seventh album, there’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of the piano-playing New England singer-songwriter. It is, however, very likely you’ll have heard one of her songs. She’s and had her songs covered by such superstar names as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha ...
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RED TAIL RING – Fall Away Blues (Earthwork Music EW8504)

So you’ve seen the title, Fall Away Blues, and noted that Red Tail Ring are a guitar/fiddle/banjo duo so you know what their album sounds like, right? I thought that, too, but we were both wrong. Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are from Michigan but their love of old-time music ...
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Rayna Gellert releases a new mini album

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, Gellert turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her work with ...
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JOHN RENBOURN & WIZZ JONES – Joint Control (Riverboat Records TUGCD1095)

This CD review is something of a special case, in that it actually comes from my own collection, and wasn't bought specifically to review (and has been available since September 2016). However, it includes the last recorded work of John Renbourn, in a rare recorded collaboration with the almost equally ...
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SON OF THE VELVET RAT – Dorado (Fluff and Gravy FnG037/Mint 400)

Dorado is released on February 17th, the sixth album of husband and wife duo Georg Altzeibler and his wife Heiki Binder who left Austria to make their home in Joshua Tree, California in 2013. They had an impressive career with five albums to their credit and the description "best Austrian ...
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Chris Murphy announces new album of original fiddle music

Have you ever had the feeling that a perfect moment could only be made more so if it had a soundtrack? From misty strolls down forgotten trails, to laughter-filled pubs bursting with dance and joy, to that moment when you look at someone and realize for the first time that ...
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SOPHIE RAMSAY – The Seas Between Us (own label SRAM003)

The collection of Scots and Gaelic songs that form The Seas Between Us are largely taken from Burns (either by attribution or orgin), together with Hector Macneil’s ‘My Love’s In Germanie’ and a handful of traditional airs. From the opener, ’Ae Fond Kiss’, we are on well-trodden and familiar ground ...
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Benjamin Folke Thomas announces new album

Scandinavian-born singer Benjamin Folke Thomas is excited to announce the release of his impressive new album Copenhagen on March 3rd, 2017. Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg, Sweden; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up ...
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