The Foghorn Stringband Announce Australian Tour Dates

Foghorn
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American old time four piece Foghorn Stringband are returning to Australia this October for a series of dates around the country.

The band have already been announced as part of the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and have now added a whole bunch of other dates up and down the east coast.

Check out the full list of tour dates for Foghorn Stringband below:

Wednesday 18th October – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Tuesday 24th October – Leichhardt Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th October – House Show, Uralla, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Monday 30th October – Pitts House Concert, Barkers Vale, NSW
Tuesday 31st October – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – The Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird returns to Australia for a tour this November. Details here

– Sydney duo Peasant Moon released their new single “Our Timing Was Wrong”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jed Rowe released a live video for his new single “Tailem Bend”. Details here

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival announced their massive 2017 lineup including Foghorn Stringband, Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, Kaurna Cronin, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Monique Clare, The Mae Trio, The Tawny Owl Stringband, Whoa Mule and many more. Details here

Ian Felice (Felice Brothers) announced his debut solo album In The Kingdom Of Dreams. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new video “Whistleblower”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Luke Collings released his new single “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?”. Details here

– We premiered the amazing new Gretta Ziller video “Queen of Boomtown”. Details here

Patrick James released his 80s inspired single “Lay It Down”. Details here

– The Wingham Akoostik Festival in northern NSW announced its 2017 lineup including Kasey Chambers, Russell Morris, Ella Hooper, The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, Sara Tindley, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow and many many more. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter BANFF released his new single “Act of Misacting”. Details here

Out On The Weekend announced headline shows for their touring artists including Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies, Robbie Fulks, Son Volt, Traveller (Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel) and The Deslondes. Details here

– Award winning singer-songwriter and cellist Monique Clare announced details of her new EP By The Stars. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown released his new video “Backroads”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new video “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution”. Details here

– Music events company Gypsyheart Live announced details of their Downtown Folk Festival in Sydney featuring Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby. Details here

Releases This Week

Monique Clare
By The StarsMonique Clare

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Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ Bec Bastoli

Shelley's Murder Boys

Sydney bluegrass and old time trio Shelley’s Murder Boys launch their amazing new EP Troubled Thoughts Keep Her Fed in their home town with Bec Bastoli in support

Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustic Sessions feat. Angel Tairua
Thursday 24th August – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Acoustic Sessions feat. Marissa & Lloyd
Tuesday 22nd August – Angel Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Acoustic Sessions feat. Merpire
Sunday 20th August – The Paddington, Sydney, NSW

Adam Young w/ Wifey
Saturday 19th August – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 18th August – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bec Bastoli
Sunday 20th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ben Camden, 500 Pounds of Joy
Friday 25th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools
Wednesday 23rd August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Wednesday 23rd August – Willie the Boatman, Sydney, NSW

Brian Campeau
Thursday 24th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Collard Greens and Gravy
Friday 25th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Daggy Man
Thursday 24th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Dan Brodie
Sunday 20th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Dave Alexander 20th Anniversary Concert feat. Siobhán Ní Phinder, The Roaring Forties
Saturday 19th August – The Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th August – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 19th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Donna Amini, Visiting Aliens, Chris Neto
Wednesday 23rd August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Dreamboogie and Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides
Saturday 19th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

East of Everything w/ Alana Jagt, BR Dalton
Wednesday 23rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Elbury
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Folk Party feat. Vanishing Shapes, Bec Bastoli, My Friend Rupert
Sunday 20th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Portia Briana, Ainsley Farrell, Direwolf
Wednesday 23rd August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Blind With Brian feat. Brian Campeau
Friday 25th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Saturday 19th August – Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Echo Tone, Melbourne, VIC

Girl Friday
Saturday 19th August – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Guyy and Richard Perso
Friday 25th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Gympie Music Muster
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August – Gympie, NSW

Gympie Muster Mary St Pre-Party feat. Bill Chambers
Wednesday 23rd August – Mary St, Gympie, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 18th August – The Old Hepburn, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Star Hotel Yackandandah, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Rooty Hills RSL Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – Neon Garage, Kincumber, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ight Club Folk Til Ya Don’t Staysafe Fundraiser feat. Quinton Trembath, The Berkeley Hunts, Dead Peasants, Ian Flood, Vernon Surly, Jacob Thomas
Wednesday 23rd August – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 19th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Friday 27th August – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

INA Céilí feat. The Coast Ceili Band
Saturday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 19th August – JJ’s at The Marina, Batemans Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Foragers Market, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 25th August – The Elwood Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Echo Tone, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher
Thursday 24th August – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th August – Oxford Art factory, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 19th August – The Capitol, Perth, WA
Friday 25th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS

Justin Bernasconi w/ Cat Canteri
Friday 25th August – House Concert, Maitland, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Sunday 20th August – The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival, Dooomadgee, QLD

Katie Brianna
Wednesday 23rd August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Cheeky Goose Cafe, Cowes, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Bright Brewery, Bright, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Little Georgia
Saturday 19th August – Narrawong Mechanics Institute Hall, Narrawong, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Melanie Horsnell
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Merpire
Sunday 20th August – The Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 23rd August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – The Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Monique Clare
Saturday 19th August – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
Friday 25th August – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Friday 18th August – Flamin Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th August – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Peninsula Music Showcase feat. The Weeping Willows, Young Vincent, Sam O’Connell Mia Grunden
Thursday 24th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 19th August – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 20th August – Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW
Wednesday 23rd August – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Regent Multiplex Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 25th August – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th August – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Restrung Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Rueben Stone w/ Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 23rd August – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
Saturday 19th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Bunbury, WA

Sancha and the Blue Gypsies
Saturday 19th August – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Santa Taranta
Friday 18h August – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW
Saturday 19th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 25th August – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ Bec Bastoli
Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Sofar Sounds Melbourne
Saturday 19th August – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Sofar Sounds Sydney
Monday 20th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Sunday Sessions feat. Shaun Black
Sunday 20th August – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Guitar Festival
Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th August – Sydney, NSW

Tami Nelson w/ Paddy McHugh
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th August – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Basement Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Tuesday 22nd August – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Friday 18th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 19th August – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 20th August – Limes Hotel & Rooftop Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Hut’s Fourth Birthday feat Ash Grunwald, Rhythm Hunters, Tullara
Saturday 19th August – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Little Lord Street Band
Sunday 20th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 18th August – Canberra Blues Society at Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th August – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th August – The Beat Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th August – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 25th August – Grand Junction – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner w/ Merpire
Wednesday 23rd August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 25th August – Jambo Bar and Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 20th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Twoks
Saturday 19th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 19th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Whiskey Gypsies
Saturday 19th August – Ryans Hotel, Traralgon, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 20th August – The Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August – Gympie Music Muster, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Vardos Trio
Saturday 19th August – Bocskai Complex, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Little Creatures, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“I Go Off” – Diana Anaid

Monique Clare Announces Debut Solo EP By The Stars

Monique Clare
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Earlier this year Brisbane based cellist and songwriter Monique Clare was named by the Folk Alliance Australia as the 2017 Young Artist of the Year. Since then she’s also managed to successfully crowd-fund her debut EP which will be released this Friday 18th August.

Titled By The Stars the EP was partially recorded in the USA by Patrick Laird (Break of Reality) and completed back in Brisbane with Luke Woollett at Hunting Ground Studios. The first taster from By The Stars is the beautiful “Two Birds” which you can watch the video of below:

To celebrate the release of By The Stars Monique Clare will be launching the EP at the Brisbane Powerhouse this Saturday 19th August as part of the Restrung Festival. She’ll also be appearing at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and is promising some more festival announcements to come – check out the full list of announced dates below:

Saturday 19th August – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new video from Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Newton, “Hold You Down”. Details here

Jack Carty released his brand new video “A Way With Me”. Details here

Henry Wagons announced a massive national tour. Details here

– The full lineup for the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival includes 10 String Symphony, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Mike Compton, Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more. Details here

– Alt-country supergroup The Wilson Pickers have announced tour dates through to the end of the year. Details here

Bon Iver released their new single “33 “GOD””. Details here

– Sideshows have been announced for Out On The Weekend for Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers, Joshua Hedley, Joe Pug, Lindi Ortega and The Cactus Blossoms. Details here

– American folk rockers The Head and The Heart will release their new album Signs of Light this month. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO released the final additions to their lineup including Craicpot, FOPO DJ, Runebilly Rattle, The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, Quinton Trembath, Andy Paine, All The Best, The Dead Peasants, Ryan Garth & Emily Wolfe Duo, BrodyGreg and GT Mongrel. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Melody Pool and Peter Bibby announced a co-headline tour. Details here

– American bluegrassers The Brothers Comatose have announced Australian headline dates. Details here

Releases This Week

Southern Loss
Southern LossKaurna Cronin
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Mal Webb
Not Nor MalMal Webb
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Nick Payne
Rise Up Like A RiverNick Payne
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Porch Light Sessions feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, Hollie Matthew, Burrows

Burrows

If you live in Sydney you know that the Porch Light Sessions are synonymous with quality, but the September edition takes it up a notch with amazing artists The Tawny Owl String Band, Hollie Matthew and Burrows (above)

Thursday 8th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Ben Camden, Roland Kay-Smith
Wednesday 7th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, Lorne, VIC

Andy Golledge, Caitlin Harnett, Leroy Lee Trio
Saturday 3rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

BANFF x Caitlin Park
Friday 2nd September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Bity Booker w/ Mindy Sotiri
Thursday 8th October – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bryan Estepa & The Tempe Two
Saturday 3rd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Darren Cross w/ Jack Elias, Max S. Porter
Friday 9th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt
Saturday 3rd September – Elsewhere The Rooftop, Newcastle, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Friday 2nd September – Ladysmith Hall, Ladysmith, NSW
Saturday 3rd September – Whitton Hall, Whitton, NSW
Friday 9th September – Majors Creek Hall, Majors Creek, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 7th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Mal Webb
Friday 9th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Harry Manx
Friday 2nd September – Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 3rd September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th September – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th September – Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 8th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 9th September – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Jason Walker
Sunday 4th September – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar
Friday 2nd September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 3rd September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kevin Bennett, Luke Escombe, Bittersweet
Saturday 3rd September – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

Key To The Highway, Bree De Rome
Friday 2nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

King Street Crawl
Sunday 4th September – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Lazy Colts
Sunday 4th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Liz Stringer
Saturday 3rd September – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 4th September – GYRACC, Katherine, NT
Wednesday 7th September – El Questro, Durack, WA
Thursday 8th September – Gulliver’s Tavern, Kununurra, WA
Friday 9th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Lorne Festival of Performing Arts
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Lorne, VIC

Martha Marlow w/ Jonathan Zwartz, Mike Nock
Friday 9th September – Sydney, NSW

M.E. Baird
Sunday 4th September – BS’A Project Space, Mullumbimby, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festiva
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, Hollie Matthew, Burrows
Thursday 8th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Redfest
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Redlands Showground, Brisbane, QLD

Roadhouse Rockabilly feat. Cruisin’ Deuces
Thursday 8th September – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 3rd September – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Wild Wild Inner West Revue feat. Sam Newton, Brielle Davis
Sunday 4th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Wirrina, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“In Dreams” – Ben Howard

I heard this in a shop last week and was reminded about just how good it is.

Full Lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

10 String Symphony
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Australian bluegrass lovers are about to get excited as we slide into festival season. Spring is all about the pickin’ and pluckin’ with a bunch of weekends dedicated to bluegrass festivals in the country – and one of the jewels in the bluegrass crown has to be the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

Held from the 21st to 23rd October in the beautiful mountain town of Dorrigo, NSW, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to attract the best and brightest artists every single year. This year’s lineup is no different with 10 String Symphony (USA), Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) and Mike Compton (USA) headlining the festival and a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites also announced including Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more.

Tickets are now on sale – check out the official site for more details. The full lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is below:

Rose&theSea, 10 String Symphony, Alesa Lajana, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Ash & Andy, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Carl Pannuzzo, Catgut, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Cielle Montgomery, Den Hanrahan, Enda Kenny, Farmer Mick & Miss Jane, Fireside Celts & Friends, Fred Smith, Harry Jakamarra, Haywood Billy Goats, Honey and Knives, Jed Rowe, Jerry Salley, John Flanagan, Katie Crane, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Kimberly Wheeler, Kristy Cox, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Mick Daley, Mike Compton, Montz Matsumoto and Friends, Omados, Pitts Family, Rebecca Bastoli, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, Rowena Wise, Ruby Gilbert, Slim Dime, String Theories, Sunny and the Dark Corners, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The FruiTTrees, The Mae Trio, The Mulberry Collective, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Vic Manuel, Watling & Bates, Wayward Angels

10 String Symphony Announce Their First Australian Tour

10 String Symphony
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If you were lucky enough to be in the audience for the 2012 Jamgrass Festival you would have been blown away by the US based band The New Worlds, made up of some of the top musicians in the folk genre.

The two fiddle players from The New Worlds, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, make up the folk duo 10 String Symphony who will be heading to Australia this October for their first every Australian tour as that project. While they’re here they will be headlining the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival as well as their own dates through Victoria and NSW.

10 String Symphony be touring their brand new album Weight of the World – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 14th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC
Tuesday 18th October – Mountain Pickers Club, Upwey, VIC
Thursday 20th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October – Dorrigo Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Tuesday 25th October – 63 First Ave (Mother’s Milk Cafe), Sawtell, NSW
Wednesday 26th October – Wauchope Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Thursday 27th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 29th October – Hotel Gearin, Blue Mountains, NSW
Sunday 30th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW



Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey has released a series of instructional videos to help you learn the songs from his album First Mind. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall released “Under A Spell”, the first single from his upcoming album Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf is launching his new EP tonight. Details here

– Melbourne folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint have released their new video “Burning The Midnight Oil”. Details here

– Dili based Australian singer-songwriter Cj Shaw and his band The Blow Ins are streaming their long awaited new album Milk Crate Throne online. Details here

– The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival have announced a bunch of artists for October including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ), Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more. Details here

– Melbourne duo Turtle & Fox have released their brand new single “I’m A Sardine”. Details here

The Pigs posted a video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine in five minutes. Details here

– The New Joe Mungovan single “Cotton Wool” hit the net this week. Details here

Jack Carty got his dance on in his latest video “The Joneses”. Details here

– The amazing Josh T Pearson has announced his first ever Australian shows. Details here

– Melbourne based trad five-piece Stray Hens have released their new video “Byker Hill”. Details here

– Quarterly Sydney folk night Fairlight Folk has announced its August lineup – Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, Aaron Lyon and Laura Zarb. Details here

– We fell in love with the new music interview podcast Wait Long By The River and think you should too. Details here

Vance Joy announced plans to launch his new album with a single show in Melbourne this September. Details here

– English folk singer Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album The Sea

– Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming will be making their way to Australia for the Melbourne Festival. Details here

Interviews

“Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right”Direwolf chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia StoneAngus and Julia Stone
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Emma Swift
Emma SwiftEmma Swift
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Weatherboard House
Weatherboard HouseOllie Brown
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Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams

Melody and Marlon

I’ve already stated elsewhere that “this may possibly be one of the most exciting tours of 2014” so if you haven’t been to see Melody Pool and Marlon Williams then you should really jump at the chance. These two are among the best and brightest coming out of the acoustic music scene in Australia and New Zealand right now. Don’t miss out!

Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday 2nd August – Bangalow Showground, Byron Bay, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Saturday 2nd August – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dan and Amy
Wednesday 6th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Cross
Thursday 7th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf w/ Brendon Moon, Karl-Christoph
Friday 1st August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 2nd August – Mobys Waterfront Lounge, Denmark, WA
Sunday 3rd August – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 3rd August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 3rd August – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Redlands Bluegrass Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August – The Kindilan Convention Centre, Redland Bay, QLD

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 3rd August – The Turbine Platform, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Saturday 2nd August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS

The Company
Thursday 7th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Yearlings
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 2nd August – Rosemount Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 3rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Adelaide SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Radio Folk & Roots, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th August – Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS

Wagons
Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Geordie” – Joan Baez

I’ve spent a lot of this week listening to NPR Music’s coverage of last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. During the Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer set Mitchell introduced her version of “Geordie” by saying “we’re going to give you a ballad that it’s possible barefoot Joan Baez could have done on this stage fifty years ago”. So I hunted out Baez’s version of the Child Ballad and thought I’d share.

Artists Announced for The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

The Company
Image Courtesy of The Company

Last year was my first ever Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and I have to say I was impressed. It’s a small, family orientated folk festival that manages to attract some amazing talent, both locally and from abroad.

This year’s Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival will take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October in Dorrigo, NSW. The lineup includes a bunch of overseas acts including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ) along with a bunch of local Timber and Steel favourites like Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more.

To get more information on the festival check out the official site here. The full lineup (so far) is below along with a video of last year’s festival to get you in the mood:

Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA), Tattletale Saints (NZ), Appalachian Heaven, Astro Cobalt, Barkers Vale Brothers, Black Train, Catgut, Ceilidh Clan, Chloe and Jason Roweth, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Evan Mathieson, Fred Smith, Hardrive, Headland, Honey and Knives, Juzzie Smith, Kaloobafak, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle, Kym Pitman, Luciano Mesiti, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Morgan Billy Goat Tucker, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Putty Road, Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay, Sam and Gary Sheppard, Spirit of the Glen, Stray Hens, The Company, The Jiggles, The Mid North, The Morrisons, The Pitts Family Circus, The Wish List, Tonchi McIntosh and John Bennett

Interview: Oh Pep!, II

Oh Pep
Image Courtesy of Oh Pep!

Melbourne bluegrass-folk-pop five piece Oh Pep! have just released their new EP II and are about to hit the road to showcase it in Canberra, Sydney and the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival. We sat down with Oh Pep! fiddle player and namesake Pepita “Pepi” Emmerichs to chat about the new EP, the tour and juggling a band whose members play all over the Melbourne scene.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Let’s start with the new EP. When did that come out?

Pepi Emmerichs: It came out on the date of the launch, so the 10th of October.

GHE: And it’s called II – is that right?

PE: Yeah, [laughs] roman numerals. It’s kind of like our first EP was self titled and this one’s called II. I guess it’s almost like a series of EPs.

GHE: Nice, is that something you planned? Or is it just the way it’s worked out?

PE: It’s the way it has worked out, but then we kind of planned around that you know. We do think we’ll do an album next year and this is like the run up to it – kind of tie them in together you know and not make them random releases really. I mean, it’s the same band the whole way through and we’ve been playing the songs for a while now.

GHE: And you recorded it with Shane Nicholson right?

PE: Yeah, that’s right, in Avoca [NSW]

GHE: that must have been pretty cool. He’s obviously the Shane Nicholson and he’s got a pretty good reputation. It must be really nice to go up to the Central Coast and spend some time putting down some music with him?

PE: Well we tore up and then we tore back down and in between we were at his place. It was such a great experience – he just knows everything about everything and has so many awesome stories to tell about his experiences, which we learnt a lot from as well. He was just so easy to hang out with the whole time, which I guess I didn’t expect because he was our producer. You know he didn’t need to feel obliged to hang out with us, but I think he was just happy to chill. We were working on a budget and he had an understanding of that, so yeah, it was awesome!

GHE: And what do you think having someone like him come in and produce the album? How do you think that was different than going it alone and doing it yourself? What do you think he brought to the record?

PE: A lot really! I think he brought a lot of stuff that we just hadn’t thought of. I mean it was really simple things, but they made such a difference. In all the songs he changed something, but it was so crucial to the recording and we would never had thought about it. And he was also really into us as a band – he didn’t change any of the arrangements of anything, he just added little things. Because we recorded it live he kind of emphasised the point of really being able to follow Liv [Olivia Hally] our singer, especially because we couldn’t see each other. We were all in booths, but really following the song and making the song the really important thing, which is totally our music anyway.

GHE: It must be nice, it sounds like he had enough of an influence to make a difference, but wasn’t too dictating

PE: No, no, not at all! It was a perfect balance really! And anyway, we were totally happy to be told what to do by Shane Nicholson! [laughs] He was just a great producer and such a good person to work with for us, especially at this stage. He has really helped us realise that we can get to the next level and what it takes.

GHE: I want to talk to you a little bit about the make up of the band. There’s bit of a scene in Melbourne and you guys all seem to play in each other’s bands. How difficult is it to get the whole of Oh Pep! together in one place to record and go out on tour or head to a festival?

PE: [laughs] Um … it’s tricky! I think the boys are pretty good. It’s kind of become their priority over the years which is really good. For Liv and I it’s already our priority anyway because we write the songs and I guess it’s our band. But yeah, we do still have to book ahead of time, especially with Paddy [Montgomery], our mandolin player, because he plays for Mustered Courage as well and they’re constantly touring. So we just have to book ahead of time and then Liv and I do a lot of duo shows – that is how we write the music anyway, as a duo, so it is kind of cool to have to have it stripped back when it’s not appropriate to have a full five piece. That’s kind of how we get around it.

GHE: It must be kind of cool to strip it back like that and play a couple of shows with just the two of you and then get the boys back in and be able to make this massive sound.

PE: Yeah, totally! It makes it really exciting when you play with the band again, but is also fun playing as a duo. It’s like a different sound again. It’s the same songs, but it’s a different sound. Some people prefer that and some people prefer the band, which is kind of nice as well to have the option of it I guess.

GHE: And you play in other bands as well? You played at Jamgrass last year, year?

PE: Yeah, yeah!

GHE: In about 47 different bands, or at least it felt like that!

PE: [laughs] Nooo! I think I only played in Oh Pep! and Uncle Bill!

GHE: Ok, we’ll keep it at that!

PE: I do play in lots of different bands, but mostly I guess I don’t like filling in because Oh Pep! is such a priority at the moment. But if you are paying me I’ll do it [laughs].

GHE: I get the feeling that Oh Pep! is your baby and the other bands that you play in, you seem to be having a really good time, but it’s more you’re the session muso or you’re the ring-in.

PE: Yeah, like at the moment it definitely is. It takes up most of my time, I’m really proud of what we have done with the band, I guess saying that I will play for anyone, you know? It’s all music and I still love it. It’s just Oh Pep! takes up most of my time so I have to be careful what I do with the rest of it!

GHE: It’s great that you and the rest of the guys do play in other bands, because you do probably bring a lot of different influences to Oh Pep!

PE: Yeah, totally! Like Justin [Olsson], our drummer and Stuart [West], our bass player, they’re both really into rock and all that. They were in rock bands before Oh Pep! and also studied jazz and that’s how I met them because I studied jazz at the VCA [Victorian College of the Arts. And Stu’s at Monash and Juz was at VCA too. So, I kind of play a lot of jazz as well, like swing stuff and then Paddy plays a lot of world music like Greek stuff and also bluegrass and I play a lot of country or bluegrass as well. Liv is actually a classical guitarist but she happens to be this awesome singer and guitarist as well, country style. We met at classical music school when we were in year 11 in Melbourne so that was kind of a funny mix of things – but it all works out so well. Everyone is really important to the band and everyone’s sound, it blends really well!

GHE: And you have a couple of shows coming up in Canberra and Sydney. You’re playing Mofo in Sydney, which is a monthly night that we love at Timber and Steel. We’ve been supporting those guys since it started and it’s a great night! And then off to the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, which this year I am going to for the first time ever after promising to go to it for years and years and years.

PE: That’s great! I’ve heard so much about it.

GHE: It feels like Dorrigo is like the first folk festival on the calendar for the summer, so I am glad that you guys are going to be there. It should be lots of fun!

PE: Yeah, me too!

GHE: And then after those shows what’s the plan from there? Once we actually do head into Summer, do you have plans to take the EP further or continue playing around Melbourne for a while?

PE: We’ve got a couple of shows in Melbourne booked after that and in January we’ll be playing at the Illawarra Folk Festival. So we will tour up there and then we might do Brisbane as well. And then we will also be at Tamworth Music Festival. Oh gosh, and then we are also filming a film clip, so we will be launching that as well and we will also be recording a single, which will be released sometime early next year – to be confirmed!

GHE: Thank you so much for chatting with me today Pepi – good luck with the tour and the new EP, I’m sure it is going to be fantastic!

PE: Cool! Thanks Gareth!

II is available now via Bandcamp. Check out Oh Pep!’s upcoming dates below:

Wednesday 23rd October – Canberra Musician’s Collective at Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 24th October – Mofo at the Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

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