Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single “Wanderers”

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Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single “Wanderers”. The track is their first single single 2016’s “See You In The Water” and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire).

As always with TinPan Orange, “Wanderers” soars with Emily Lubitz etherial voice over the band’s melodic accompaniment.

Take a listen to “Wanderers” here:

TinPan Orange have announced plans to head out on an Australian tour this October and November following dates in Europe – the full list of dates are here:

Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Details of the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala

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To help kick off their 10th anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala.

The Gala, to be held on Thursday 16th November, is a limited ticket event and will feature past Mullum Music Festival patrons Mama Kin and Harry James Angus alongside the current patron Suzannah Espie as well as performances from Lindi Ortega, The Teskey Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird, Greg Sheehan, Ethno Folk Orchestra and the Youth Mentorship winner. Tickets for the event are available on the Mullum Music Festival site.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Mullum Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

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Having already announced the first ten artists for their 10 year anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has this week revealed its full 2017 lineup, and boy are you going to be excited.

As always the festival includes more a bunch of folk, roots, Americana and acoustic artists including the likes of Marlon Williams, Frazey Ford, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Z-Star Delta, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Low Down Riders, Queen Porter Stomp and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. Fore more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists for 2017 is below:

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (us), Marlon Williams (NZ), Frazey Ford (CAN), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Harry James Angus, Too Many Zooz (US), Jazz Party, Z-Star Delta (UK), Tinpan Orange, Gabriel Garzon-Montano (USA), OKA, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert (US) and Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird (IRE), Ron Artis II (USA), Áine Tyrrell (IRE), Sex On Toast, The East Pointers (CAN), Irish Mythen (IRE/CAN), King Tide, Ladyslug, Brian Nankervis, Mandy Nolan, Joel Salom, Dustyesky, Gabriel Otu Orchestra (GH), Moussa Diakite and Wassado (Mali/AU), Ollie McGill Trio, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, The Coconut Kids, Jojo Smith, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Scott Cook (CAN) Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Charles Maimarosia (Sol Is) His Merry Men, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Levingstone, Low Down Riders, Mandy Hawkes, Megan And The Vegans, Palm Wine Ambassadors, Queen Porter Stomp, Raku One O’Gaia, Sal Wonder, Shanteya and Jo The Lion and the Leaves, Tin Can String Band, Titan Sky, Ukulele Death Squad, Vesica Pisces, Welcome To Country, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Roundabout Theatre, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Spaghetti Circus, Bollywood Sisters, The Magic Bus, Workshops

Mullum Music Festival Announces Its 2015 Lineup

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The Mullum Music Festival returns this November with a lineup that once again boasts some of Australia and the world’s favourite artists, with plenty of folky goodness for the Timber and Steel readers.

The festival will this year be headlined by legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith who is returning to Australia for the first time in six years.

Joining Ron Sexsmith will be the likes of We Two Thieves, Ben Ottewell, Suzannah Espie, Harry James Angus, TinPan Orange, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Hat Fitz and Cara, Lucie Thorne and Hamish Stuart, Starboard Cannons, Sweet Jean, Oh Pep!, Raised By Eagles, Loren Kate, The Button Collective, Fred Smith and many many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby NSW from the 19th to 22nd November. For more details check out the official site here.

The Mullum Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Harry James Angus
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The other big festival announcement this week comes from our friends at The Mullum Music Festival. Held in Mullumbimby in northern New South Wales from the 20th to the 23rd November, the Mullum Music Festival has a reputation as one of the best events on the calendar.

The headliners this year are The Church, but it’s the rest of the lineup that we’re excited about.

Firstly none other than Cat Empire frontman and singer-songwriter Harry James Angus (above) has been announced as the festival patron, taking over from Mama Kin.

“Every year Mullum Music Festival shows me wonderful artists I haven’t seen before, and the artists that I have seen before doing things they don’t usually do – playing in the street parade, spinning out spontaneous collaborations, singing with the local choir. I’m proud to be the patron of a festival that does such a great job getting its artists out of the industry and into the community, where music belongs,” Harry James Angus said of the role.

And then secondly there’s a lineup that boasts a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more.

For more information on the Mullum Music Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full lineup of artists is below:

The Church, Hurray For the Riff Raff (US), Harry James Angus Band, Saskwatch, Husky, The Bombay Royale, Mia Dyson, Nai Palm, Kim Churchill, Bongeziwe Mabandla (SA), Bustamento, Nahko (US), Dubmarine, Darren Percival, Frank Yamma, Fourplay String Quartet, Bobby Alu, Andy Brown (Can), Del Barber (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ), Suzannah Espie, Mojo Juju & T Bone, C.R.Avery (Can), Holy Holy, Baby et Lulu, Kristy Lee (US), Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun, Bullhorn, Jordan Rakei, Liz Stringer, Sara Tindley, Wild Marmalade feat. Paul George, Gabriel and Cecilia, Jackie Marshall, Melotonins, Siskin River, Tora, The Mae Trio, Archer, Hussy Hicks, Mario Martini, Louie and Patrick, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife, Laura Targett, Walrus and the Carpenter, SistaGurl, Potato Potato, Mr Cassidy, The Yearlings, Warren Earl Band, Tim Stokes, Hue Blanes, Guy Kachel, The Buckleys, Ilona Harker and her Occasional Gentlemen, Asha Jefferies, Weatherless, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Three Little Sisters, Comedians: Mandy Nolan, Ellen Briggs, Greg Sullivan, Mark McConville, Paul McMahon, Fiona McGary, Nick Penn, Mario Queen of the Circus, Spaghetti Circus, St John’s Singers, Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra, Fiddlestrings, Mae Wildes Rock Quiz, a c.a.s.e for adaptation, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, The Mix Tape Crew, Byron Youth theatre, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Dustyesky Male Choir, Mullumbimby High showcase and many more.

Beards of Womadelaide 2013

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It’s no secret that we’re fans of beards here at Timber & Steel. From Joe Purdy to Ray LaMontagne, William Fitzsimmons to Josh T Pearson and obviously the likes of The Beards, we find beards to be synonymous with folk, blues and roots music. While at Womadelaide this year (which is essentially beard paradise) we took the opportunity to take some photos of some pretty cool beards. Here are some*

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*Timber and Steel wish to advise that this article is by no means intended to be a true and accurate record of the full extent/quality of beards on display at Womadelaide 2013.

Australia Day Gets Folky at The Rocks, Sydney

Sam Buckingham
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If you’re a fan of live music and find yourself at a loose end in Sydney this Australia Day, the 26th January, you should really head down to The Rocks for the The Australia Day Festival of The Voice. A bunch of music stages, markets and historic pubs – what more could you want? How about a lineup of artists that include a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites including Sam Buckingham (above), Boy Outside, Harry James Angus, Busby Marou, Archie Roach, Ngaiire, Mikelangelo and The Tin Star, Rescue Ships, Blue King Brown and Caitlin Park.

The event is absolutely free and we have the full set times below. Check out the official web site for more information.

Harbour Song – Campbells Cove
11.30am – 12pm Sam Buckingham
12.15pm – 12.45pm Boy Outside
1.15pm – 2pm Hey Big Aki
2.30pm – 3.15pm The Harry James Angus Band
3.45pm – 4.30 Emma Louise
5pm – 6pm Busby Marou
6.30pm – 7pm Archie Roach

Street Song – George Street
12pm – 12.45pm Steve Smyth
1pm – 1.45pm Ngaiire
2.15pm – 3pm Ernest Ellis & The Panamas
3.30pm – 4.15pm Mikelangelo and The Tin Star with Saint Clare
4.45pm – 5.30pm Rescue Ships
6pm – 7pm Mojo Juju
7.30pm – 8.30pm Blue King Brown

Play Song – The Rocks Square
11.45am – 12.15pm Circular Rhythm
12.30pm – 1pm Circular Rhythm
1.15pm – 2pm Electric Lunchbox
2.30pm – 3.15pm Dodadums
3.45pm – 4.30pm Mark Wilkinson
5pm – 5.45pm Ali Hughes & Daryl
6.15pm – 7pm Caitlin Park

Guide to Summer Festivals Part 2: Look the Part

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Ok, ok, secretly, I’ve been dying to do a folky fashion story, and what better time than in preparation to hit up the festivals? It all started because of Timber and Steel’s own Evan Hughes who is rarely seen at any folk influenced festival or gig without a vest on. Wandering the roads of Woodford last year, I noticed some particular elements that identified musically like minded people. So let’s go top to toe on how to look your folky best during the festival season.

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I’ve spent the last few days looking at photos of some of our favorite Timber and Steel artists to really pin down the look, and to be honest, most of it is about choosing a base and accessorising. Obviously there is always going to be an element of your own tastes and flair or style that will determine your overall look, but here’s a few simpler pieces you can pull together possibly from your Christmas haul and Boxing Day sales if you want to get in the folky spirit of it.

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For they guys, the base is easy, jeans and a t-shirt are staples with the shirt usually being plain, though wearing your favorite band shirt will always be acceptable. For the ladies, unsurprisingly the base has followed the recent retro/ vintage fashion trend and more often than not either a floating vintage style dress or a modern floral dress inspired by the retro look. Whack a pair of opaque stockings on underneath and you’re set. That or a high waisted skirts or shorts with a plain top would provide a perfectly suitable base too.

Kate Miller-Heidke at Bluesfest Skipping Girl Vinegar at Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival April Maze Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival

Then it’s time to accessorise. Let’s start at the top.

Hats are great, they protect you from the sun and the rain, keep your head warm at night and can cap off your look, excuse the pun. Broad brim hats are an easy choice for guys or girls, just take a look at Matt Corby and Florence Welsch of Florence and the Machine or even Jack Thompson in his Akubra for inspiration.
  Jack Thompson at Bluesfest

For guys, there’s a broad range of hat style to try until you find the one that suits you, Panama, Trilby and Fedora styles mainly differ in the brim size and shape. The ever popular Flat Cap has a cousin, the Ascot Cap of a very similar style, but rounder and more stiff. Or in a similar but roomier style, there’s always your classic variations of the Gatsby/ newsboy/ train driver cap which work for both guys and girls.

Eric Bibb at Bluesfest  Jeff Lang

For the girls, while you could pick any of the styles I’ve noted for guys, the more vintage looks are far more fun. For a very feminine look, try a cloche like Lisa Mitchell, a 50s style do-rag like Lanie Lane, or just a simple headband as Julia Stone often wears.

Lisa Mitchell Lanie Lane Julia Stone

Elvis Costello at Bluesfest If guys are after a very vintage addition, there’s always bowler and top hats, but it takes a bit of confidence and dedication to carry it off well. A bit zany, but a great look if you own it. And if you are going to own it, you can even go the whole hog with a three piece suit, but that’s not really convenient for Australian summers nor festivals.

CW StonekingWorking down for top to toe, the next item is mainly for the guys. If you’re going for an old style, the a bow tie is a fantastic edition, especially if you can tie a real one yourself rather than the clip on ones. Though I have it on good authority, they’re not terribly comfortable to start with. Not really practical for camping and festivals, it’s a good one to wear out for a night on the town, or as a feature of your look, much like CW Stoneking’s red and white check bow tie on his signature white ensemble.

If ties are not your style, then your options include the quintessential vest, in almost any material, but I know Evan Hughes likes his leather and suede options. Vest have been turning up across genres for years and are a feature for musos and punters both young and old.

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If a vest is too warm or not quite your thing, try out the old school suspenders as Johnny Wishbone, lead singer of The Snowdroppers, is frequently seen wearing. Our modern ladies of folk have a true eye for style throwing cardigans and sweaters in to the mix, or using leather belts to create a classic cinched or high waist look.

Snowdroppers at Bluesfest Florence Welsch Secret Sisters at Bluesfest

Boy and BearWhile vintage is a strong theme, the folk style transcends conventional fashion rules, and borrows often from cousins in country genre. Take a leaf out of Henry Wagons’ book and style up every day with country flair. If you think I’m cheating by using alt-country as a folk example, instead take a good look at Boy & Bear who have had multiple members sport checkered shirts, plus a few other folkies teaming a checked shirt with a vest or other accessory. And it’s not just for guys, take a look at how Lisa Mitchell and Jen Cloher carry off bold checks for a country, folky feel.

Henry Wagons at Rhythms Magazine Q&A at Bluesfest Lisa Mitchell Jen Cloher

So, once you’ve got your base, found the accessories that work for you, all that’s left is to throw on some sunnies (Rayban style is a staple) and for the ladies, grab a leather or leather/ animal print look small handbag to sling across your body, slap on some sunscreen and you’re set for a folkin’ good time.

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Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can start to mix and match pieces, create layers and get a group of friends together and take the scene by storm. Maybe some time down the track you’ll even turn up in a future folky fashion post right here!

Mumford and Sons at Laneway Festival SydneyMumford and Sons at Laneway Festival – I love the Panama hat, t-shirt, vest and overalls as shorts combination!

The Good Ship at WoodfordOh the combinations from The Good Ship! Loving the Fedora, bowtie and vest, plus a small gatsby and one out there shirt!

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TinPan Orange combined managed almost the entire shebang, get that group some hats!

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011

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For the second time in as many years (funny that) Timber and Steel are following the trend and producing our albums of the year. Once again we’ve asked each of our contributors to come up with their top five folky albums from 2011 and once again they’ve managed to deliver lists that are so diverse it’s a wonder we’ve got anything in common at all. There’s been so much fine music released this year and these lists are only the tip of the iceberg – make sure you scroll through the Timber and Steel archives for everything we’ve been listening to.

But enough about us, let’s get to the music. Ladies and gentlefolk we are proud to present Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011:

Aiden QuinnThe Crackling

1. The CracklingKeep Full Ambitious
The Crackling were the main support for Dan Mangan on a few pre-glastonbury festival gigs he did in the UK (they both come from Canada). They played a gig I was helping out with and I was completely blown away. The lead vocalist, Kenton Loewen, has a raw rugged voice that is delicious, almost orgasmic, like rich dark chocolate. The album plays that to full effect. The layers of dark mystery, whiskey swilled woe and the feeling of being burnt. It’s an emotional ride, intense, unforgettable, and leaves you wondering what the hell just happened (but in a good way) -gripping stuff. Fave track for me on the album? 5. “Of deceit”.
2. Benjamin Folke ThomasRhythm and Blues
3. Ed Sheeran+
4. Matt CardleLetters
5. Friska Vilijor – The Beginning of The Beginning of The End

Evan HughesThe Decemberists The King is Dead

1.The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
When I first sat down and listened to The King is Dead in January 2011 the comment I made was that it was going to be tough to top as an album of the year. Twelve months and countless amazing releases later I haven’t found anything that’s topped this album. Colin Meloy has fully embraced the folky flavours of his music, incorporating traditional sounding melodies with his trademarked verbosity. With appearances by Gillian Welch and REMs Peter Buck, The King is Dead doesn’t just wear its influences on its sleeve, it actively includes them. With the folk, rock and indie worlds embracing this album The King is Dead truly is the crossover success of the year.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Boy & BearMoonfire
4. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

JDXKing Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine

1. King Creosote and Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
This is the very best that music can do. Every time I hear it, it feels like a revelation. It isn’t an easy one, but it is the truth, and what more could you ask for from folk songs? Jon Hopkins’ soft soundscapes dip and swell, punctuated by the sonorous chime of piano, the echoes of accordion, the awkward gait of paper turned into percussion – as strange and strangely real as anything I’ve ever heard. The spaces he leaves are like deep breaths – like the vast distance between big ideas and bitterness. There’s nothing romantic about this – but there is serenity. Kenny Anderson’s voice is a soft lilt surfacing from the depths of despair. It’s the only sure thing here, set against the crystalline fragility of the music. He sings these songs, written over the course of 20 years, with a weary kind of wisdom, but with that comes acceptance, and it’s gentle, mournful, beautiful.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
4. Mike NogaThe Balladeer Hunter
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

KT BellLanie Lane To The Horses

1. Lanie LaneTo the Horses
An impressive debut album from a performer who we’ve watched shoot in to the spotlight over the past 18 months. Her distinct voice matched with some of the more quirky themes we’ve seen in her singles this year, Lanie has managed to create an album which spans across and incorporates a multitude of genres in a record that grabs you, holds you and won’t let you go till you’re just a little bit sullied. I love it.
2. Boy & BearMoonfire
3. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
4. WagonsRumble Shake and Tumble
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
I could put albums by The Middle East here, or Boy & Bear or many, many other things … In the end it came down to what I chose to play most and I can honestly say that Jack Carty’s One Thousand Origami Birds was THE most frequently played album both on my iPhone and at home. A great mix of old fashioned stories and energetic performances that always left a warm fuzzy glow.
2. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
3. Holly ThrosbyTeam
4. Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the Harvest
5. Bon IverBon Iver

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
It takes a special album for me to knock off my long term favourites, the Mountain Goats, when they release a new album and Jack Carty’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” was that album. It’s the album I find I’m playing first thing in the morning, last thing at night and it always seems fresh. Crystal clear tunes and amazing wordsmithing, Australian music should be so very proud.
2. Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
3. Josh PykeOnly Sparrows
4. Busby MarouBusby Marou
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Serena SkyeHarry James Angus Little Stories

1. Harry James AngusLittle Stories
Little Stories takes you in, from it’s first rolling tragedy of a love song, and holds you, through brilliant vocals and instrumentation all the way through to it’s gentle finish. Both humorous and saddening, each story is different yet equally important and well constructed. It’s certainly not what I expected from Harry as a solo artist, but, full of beautiful melodies and guitar work, it has fast become on of my favourite release of this year.
2. Georgia FairAll through the Winter
3. Lucie ThorneBonfires In Silver city and Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know (tied)
4. Jinja SafariLocked By Land
5. Boy & BearMoonfire

Thom Owen MilesThe Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida

1. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
This is an album I’ve been hoping someone would make for years. Personally, my awareness of indie folk from around the world has more or less been born out of an unrelenting search for an artists or band capable of bringing together the raw, poetic, organic essence of folk/blues/Americana with the wonderful innovative production typical of contemporary indie pop and rock. I’ve never heard an album so beautifully balanced on that fine line before and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure it could even be done.
2. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
3. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Roots
4. Dan ManganOh Fortune
5. Fionn Regan100 Acres of Sycamore

More Acts Added to Port Fairy Lineup

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The Port Fairy Folk Festival already had a pretty impressive lineup going for it but today’s announcement quite frankly blows it out of the water. Added to the festival today are Adam Cohen (son of Leonard), John Butler in rare solo mode, Chris Hillman of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers fame, Krystle Warren fresh from the Way to Blue Nick Drake tribute concerts, Scottish trad legends The Battlefield Band, Cat Empire front man and folk troubadour Harry James Angus, living legend Archie Roach, 60s inspired indie-band Eagle & the Worm, blues master Jimi Hocking, Adelaide based celtic rockers The Borderers and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne.

Discounted early bird tickets are available until the 18th December from the official Port Fairy web site, which also has all the other info you need on the event including the full lineup. What are you waiting for?

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