June 13th

BOOTS ‘N’ BANJOS – Appalachian Step Dance Workshop


SUNDAY 19TH JUNE 2016 – 10am – 4pm

Fee -£20 or £15 for Arts Centre Members

To book a place contact 01296 424332

or Tim on 01296 612943 for details

or info@qpc.org


More about the Romero’s fire:

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9th June

There will be no blog next week and the one after may be late (or not at all if there’s nothing of instant relevance)…


Some of you will already know about this from various Facebook feeds – Pharis & Jason Romero’s banjo shop has burned to the ground. Thankfully there was no loss of life, but nevertheless devastating due to the loss of all the equipment, a number of banjos awaiting dispatch and various other instruments. There is likely to be an organised appeal soon but Erynn Marshall comments – “To anyone wanting to help them right now: If you have a PayPal account you can log into your account at PayPal.com and send money to them at jason@romerobanjos.com and they’ll get it right away in their bank account. Send it as a “friends and family” transaction and they will receive the full amount, with no hidden fees.”

If I get any info about a formal appeal I’ll pass it on.


The Taunton (White Horse) session will not take place on Tuesday 21st due to an influx of morris dancers (and holidays). Back to normal on July 5th


The Reading Pickin’ Lunchtime sessions are taking a summer break. They will probably re-start in September and may have a new venue.

More info contact Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


TONIGHT – A reminder that the Corn Potato String Band will be In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15


Three new Stompin’ Dave Allen CDs available!

Live public performances coming up in Bristol, Somerset, Kent, Devon, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire & Nottinghamshire.

Please visit http://www.stompinstore.com for more information.

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2nd June

The Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance proudly present the 2016 Old Time Fiddle and Banjo workshops with David Bragger and Chris Berry. Two weekends of top class tuition for beginners/improvers and Intermediate/advanced fiddle players and banjo pickers

Building on the success of previous workshops we are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of David Bragger and Chris Berry to deliver our autumn workshops. In a change from previous years we are running the workshops back to back over consecutive weekends at the Blaxhall Youth Hostel in Suffolk.

The beginner/improver workshops will run over the weekend of 18 November to 20 November and the intermediate/advanced workshops will run over the weekend of 25 to 27 November 2016

The workshops are open to FOAOTMAD members only and for only £190 you will enjoy tuition, accommodation (shared hostel style) and full board from the Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime. There will, of course, be plenty of time for picking and socialising!

The venue: Blaxhall YHA, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2EA. Details of the venue can be found at

Additional Lessons and accommodation: David and Chris are also available for additional lessons in the week between the workshops and we have accommodation available at the hostel if you would like to take advantage of that (£13 per night, self catering).

Further information about any of the above from: Tony Mear 07814 003126 publicity@foaotmad.org.uk


A couple of sales:

Slim Jim Fretless Mountain Banjo made by Jim Heasell in Hampshire. Maple and walnut construction; goat skin head; Nylgut strings; 1/2″ curved bridge; walnut tailpiece; gig bag.
From the collection of the late Dave Marshall. £375. For pictures, email ahimms@gmail.com


Fretless, very old, very beautifully made English genuine banjo, all wood. All original apart from replaced torn skin. 7 string so scope for experiments with harmony/ drone / duplicate / bass strings etc. Good for posing and miming but even better for playing, making new friends/enemies and having fun. We have not been able to find a picture of one like it so you will be playing a unique banjo. A true, craftsman-made instrument.
We have pictures, if interested please send email to Helen Logan funkypips@btinternet.com to request them.


Next Tuesday’s Sound Out features The Corn Potato String Band from USA at the start of their UK tour.

Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw and Ben Belcher are multi-instrumentalists who play wonderful traditional American music. Expect fiddles, banjos and guitars in various combinations plus harmonic singing and a track or two from their new album ‘Put Out Your Old Grey Bonnet’.

June 7, 15.00 – 15.45, Resonancefm 104.4 fm and www.resonancefm.com


5th June – Old Time session, 7.30 pm at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter


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26th May

Spring Camp reminder – the code for the barrier for late and early arrivals is 80564 and (as previously explained) the hook ups in our part of the site are already taken so please don’t camp there.


‘Play-along-a-Walt’… New from Mudthumper Music!

Slo-mo Banjo DVD, Volume I – Fiddle Tunes played by Walt Koken in the old-time downpicking (frailing, or clawhammer) style

This will be of interest to five-string banjo players of all skill levels who enjoy playing old time fiddle tunes on the banjo.

High Definition Video of 25 tunes , each played briefly with variations at full speed, then each rendered in slow motion, also in HD with the original audio pitch maintained. Shot with two HD video cameras, the split-screen display shows simultaneous motion of the right and left hands, with the left hand from the viewpoint of the player.

Ordering information and table of contents are on the website: DVD details

Liner notes give references to fiddlers who inspired each rendition, including such as Ed Haley, Edden Hammons, French Carpenter, Norman Edmonds, Estil Bingham, Marcus Martin, Hobart Smith, the Skillet Lickers, the East Texas Serenaders, et al.


In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY
Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Delta guitar picking and blues from Thomas Ford on Thursday 2nd June


The Corn Potato Stringband on Thursday 9nd June

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


LITTLE OPRY, Margate, Kent
Saturday 28 May: JENI AND BILLY (USA)
Plus open mic

Tickets £8 www.wegottickets.com, Tom Thumb Theatre, direct through website or on door.

Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30, starts 7.30pm

or contact us directly on 01227 770840 or 01322 228802


Jeni and Billy will also be at St Anne’s Church at Ings, (between Staveley and Windermere), on the afternoon of 26th June.


28th May – Tappalachian at Chippenham Folk Festival
Tappalachian will be performing four times at Chippenham on Saturday 28th May,
including the very prestigious extended arena spot prior to the arrival of the main procession.


10th-11th June – Autoharp Weekend, Whitby & Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Learn to play this unique and beautiful sounding instrument, with classes for Beginners, Moving On, Intermediate and Advanced players. Friday 10th June from 4pm at the Windmill Inn, Stainsacre Lane, Whitby, YO22 4NT. Evening jam session (any acoustic instrument) from 6pm. Saturday 11th June from 9.30am at Fylingdales Village Hall, Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, YO22 4RA. Workshops all day followed by evening concert. Loaner harps available. Full details on www.ukautoharps.org.uk



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4th May

Corn Potato String Band:


June 3 – 5 Fire In The Mountain Festival, Aberystwyth
June 08 Square Dance at Sea Cadets Hut, Richmond, London
June 10 Tamworth Bluegrass Festival
June 11 Wiveton Hall Cafe, Holt, Norfolk
June 13 The Bell Inn, 103 Walcot Street, Bath
June 14 Stag and Hounds, 74 Old Market St., Bristol
June 15 The Beambridge Inn, Wellington, Somerset
June 16 The Cross Keys, Selattyn near Oswestry
June 17 The Meeting Place, Stonelaw Church, Dryburgh Ave., Glasgow
June 19 Roseangle Cafe, Perth Road, Roseangle, Dundee
June 20 Macmerry Primary School, Macmerry by Tranent, East Lothian
June 21 Caol Community Centre, Glenkingie St, Caol, Fort William
June 24 Village Hall, Smailholm, nr Kelso, Scottish Borders
June 25 The Greystones, Greystones Rd., Sheffield
June 26 The Hippodrome, Harbour Road, Eyemouth
June 27 House Concert, Summerhills, Old Carlisle Rd., Moffat, Dumfriesshire
June 28 Parish Church, Church Street, Kilsyth
June 30 The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen
July 01 House Concert, Edinburgh
July 02 Moniaive Old Time Summer Workshops and concert
July 04 Heart of Hawick, Kirkstile, Hawick


Old Time Camping Fiddling & Picking Weekend – 8th to 10th July
Higher Alsia Farm, St Buryan, Penzance TR19 6HG
An Old Time campout hosted by Guy Charles on his farm located near Lands End.

It is open to old time players, dancers and singers.

Although free, this is an invitation event so you MUST get in touch first.
Please RSVP guy@alsiafarm.com for full details so he knows how many would like to attend or use this form


For Sale: Doug Unger Vega Tubaphone banjo from the collection of the late Dave Marshall. If you would like full details, please email ahimms@gmail.com


WOTMAD -  29th to 31st July


Concert reminder – Bruce Molsky – Saturday 21st May – The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire


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28th April

Shelley Stevens is a mountain dulcimer player from Ohio in the USA. (see her website at www.shelleystevens.com)

She will be in Ireland next month starting in Dublin on May 5thm arriving early morning but not meeting up with her tour until that evening so she and her husband will have the day to themselves. Are there any opportunities to meet any dulcimer players or jamming on that date? They would also be open to meetings at other stops on their tour.



The next Huntsman Inn Session (Ide, near Exeter) is Sunday 1st May at 7:30.


Sunday 8th May – Pickin’ Lunchtime at The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station)

Ph: 0118 958 3555 http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Facebook Group https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

Note that dates and possibly venue may change from June

All sold
From Griffin Banjos : Calling all DIY banjo makers:- I have five part finished or damaged/repairable necks to dispose of, 3 maple,1 lemonwood, 1 mahogany longneck, all with fitted truss rods. £5 each, carriage extra, probably less than £5. Contact james@griffinbanjos.co.uk


BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – Folk Singer of the Year award to Rhiannon Giddens, late of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Maybe there’ll be an upsurge in oldtime music in the UK….

Also, winners of the Best Original Song award were the Rheingans Sisters – daughters of old-time stalwart Helmut Rheingans. Congratulations to them.

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21st April

Erynn Marshall has just released a campaign for her new Greasy Creek CD of all original tunes.

here’s the link


Paul Brown’s radio show is now available via the net:



Enjoy an evening learning Old Time American folk tunes with Jock Tyldesley

On Monday 23rd May from 7 – 9pm (with a tea break) at English Bridge Studios, Shrewsbury

This one-off class is open to ALL instruments and is at intermediate level, so a good knowledge of how to play your instrument is required.

There are plans to start an Old Time American session in Shrewsbury, so do come and learn some tunes and keep in touch!

Cost: £12, advance booking is required.
To book or enquire please contact Diana Buckle on 07983 884411 or email – fiddleandflute@gmail.com


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14th April

Anybody wanting FOAOTMAD flyers (with membership form) to take to festivals or other events please contact Eve Morris 01823 432863 or membership@foaotmad.org.uk or 67 Greenway, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3DA


Dulcimers from Tennessee – Stephen Seifert (mountain) and Dan Landrum (hammered)

Stephen and Dan are involved in a weeks course at Halsway Manor in Somerset. To cut a long story short, a weekend of gigs in North Wales to follow that has fallen through so they’re looking for something closer to where they are already, i.e. south west-ish. At this notice they’re only expecting a hat round or the proceeds of the door! If someone were prepared to put it on and give it what publicity is possible in the timescale, they would be pleased to play – pub, house party whatever. Dates are Friday 20th – Sun 22nd May.

If you are able to help please email Geoff Black at Revels Music



Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones will be performing at Burnetts Hill Chapel on Thursday 21st April, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Main Street Music, Pembroke, Telephone; 01646 621530 or contact Keith & Wendy on 01646 651725 to reserve your tickets.


Down Trodden String Band:
Thu 28 Apr – Stockport Old Town Folk Festival, Seven Miles Out Art Centre, 20 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EY
7.30-11.00pm Free


The Poachers Inn at Ide, near Exeter, for the second of the slow(ish) jam nights of tunes played at the regular Ide session.

Sunday, 17th April, 7.30 start.


Jeff Warner – UK Spring Tour: May-June 2016
More details: www.jeffwarner.com

Sat 30 April-Mon 2 May – Upton on Severn Festival
Tue 3 May – Sharp’s Folk Club, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Rd, London
Wed 4 May – Folk Club, Overton Community Centre, Winchester St, Overton, Basingstoke, Hants
Fri 6 May – London Camp Fire Club
Sat 7 May – Haddenham Ceilidhs, Village Hall, Banks Park, Haddenham, Bucks
Sun 8 May – Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge
Tue 10 May – Ringwood Folk Club, Elm Tree Inn, Hightown, Ringwood, Hampshire
Wed 11 May – Folk Club, Dorking Golf Club, Deepdene Ave, Dorking, Surrey
Fri 13 May – Brewtown Folk Club, Old Cottage Tavern, 36 Byrkley St, Burton upon Trent, Staffs
Sat 14 May – Royal Traditions Folk Club, Royal Hotel, Main Rd, Dungworth, Sheffield
Sun 15 May – South Shields Folk Club, Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Mon 16 May – Cumberland Arms Concert, James Place St, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thu 19 May – Anchor Folk Club, Blue Anchor Pub, Byfleet, Surrey
Sat 21 May – Lewes Saturday Folk Club, workshops & concert, Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes, East Sussex
Sun 22 May – Roots & Folk Club, Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester, Essex
Tue 24 May – St. Neots Folk Club, Priory Centre, St. Neots, Cambs
Wed 25 May – Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club, The Works, Hollins Mill Ln, Sowerby Bridge, W. Yorks
Friday-Saturday, 27-28 May – Chippenham Folk Festival
Sunday-Monday, 29-30 May – Chester Folk Festival
Tue 31 May – Star Folk Club, The Admiral, 72A Waterloo St, Glasgow
Thu 2 June – Falkirk Folk Club, Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth St, Falkirk
Fri 3 June – Rhyl Folk Club
Sat 4 June – Concert, Bromborough, Wirral, Merseyside
Sun 5 June – Tiger Folk Club, The Stumble Inn, Long Eaton, Derbyshire
Mon 6 June – Herga Folk Club, Pinner Green Social Club, Rickmansworth Rd, Pinner, Middlesex
Tue 7 June – Folk Club, Skittle Alley of The Four Chesnuts, Oving Rd, Chichester, W. Sussex
Wed 8 June – Concert/Session, Bredfield Village Hall, The Street, Bredfield, Suffolk
Fri 10 Jun – Folk Club, Ashford Road Social Club, 17-18 Ashford Rd, Swindon, Wilts
Sat 11 Jun – Cellar Upstairs Folk Club, Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Rd, London
Sun 12 Jun – Folk on the Common, Redbourn
Friday-Sunday, 17-19 June – Teignmouth Folk Festival, Devon


Jeni & Billy tour dates

13, Filey, The Coffee Shed
14, St. Helen’s Church, Ainderby Steeple
15, Barnsley, Barnsley Rock & Blues Venue
16, Barnsley, Barnsley Folk & Acoustic Night
18, Holmfirth, Honley Junior School
21, London, Crystal Palace House Concert
22, London, West Dulwich House Concert
24, London, Resonance FM with Carole Chant
27, Great Bardfield, Friends Meeting House
28, Margate, Little Opry
1, Rainham, ROOTS at Oast House
4, Beverley, St Mary’s Parish Hall
5, Thirsk, Loosely Folk, The Golden Fleece
8, York, The Black Swan with King Courgette
9, Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
10, Tamworth, Tamworth Bluegrass Festival
11, Tamworth, BG Festival Morning Workshop
11, Linthwaite, Hazel Davis Back Garden Concert
12, Howden, Private House Concert
13, Formby Village, Grateful Fred’s Cafe Sessions
15, The Wirral, Bromborough Folk Club
17, Merthyr Tydfil (Wales), St Illtyd’s RC Church
18, Rhiwbina (Cardiff), Beulah Reformed Church
22, Lampeter, House Concert
26, Ings (near Windermere), St. Anne’s Church
29, Dundee (Scotland), Dundee Acoustic Music Club
2, Scarborough, Woodend Creative
4, Conwy (Wales), Conwy Folk Club

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7th April

Not oldtime but there’s enough singers out there who read this to really appreciate these folks and a fairly wide spread of venues, many of which are small enough not to be noticed.

2016 Northern Harmony Itinerary

Northern Harmony

March 18-25 – Earthsings week at Findhorn Scotland, https://www.findhorn.org/programmes/111/
March 26 – Glasgow, Hillhead Baptist Church, 7:30
March 28 – Glasgow, afternoon workshop, 1:30-4:30, harry@muldoonspicnic.org.uk

March 31- Laage, Stadtkirche, 7:30
April 1 – Kröpelin, Stadtkirche, 7:30
April 2 – Laage, Kirchengemeinde 1:30-4:00 pm workshop.
April 2 – Rostock, Heilig Geist Kirche, 7:30
April 3 – Hamburg, Anglikanische Kirche, Zeughausmarkt 22, workshop 1-5pm, Concert 6 pm
April 4 – Hamburg, Steiner School, Altona, concert 7:00
April 5 – Hamburg, Englischekirche, open shape-note sing with food
April 6 – Visselhövede, Refugee Center
April 7 – Fischerhude, Liebfrauen Kirche, Kirchstraße 11, 28870, 20:00 Uhr, (www.kirche-fischerhude.de)
April 8 – Tarmstedt, Martin-Luther Kirche, Kleine Trift 1, 27412, 20:00Uhr
April 9 – Bad Belzig, St. Marienkirche, Kirchplatz 3, 19:30 Uhr, (0)33841-595 450
April 10 – Bad Belzig, Aula des ZEGG,, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 89, workshop 10-18 Uhr (0)33841-595 450

April 12 – Market Lavington, Community Hall SN10 4DG, 3:30 pm workshop, 7:30 concert
April 13 – Frome – Steiner Academy, 3 Park Rd. BA11 1EU concert 8:00
April 14 – Bath, American Museum BA2 7BD, concert, 7:30
April 15 – Bath, American Museum BA2 7BD, morning workshop, 10-noon
April 15-17 – Weekend residential workshop at Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Maudlin, Chard TA20 4PA, information: http://northernharmony.pair.com/weekend-workshops/
April 16 – Wooton Fitzpaine, Village Hall, DT6 6ND, 7:30 concert
April 18 – Cossington, Somerset, St Mary Church TA7 8JR, 7:00 concert
April 19 – Kingsdon, Somerset, Village Hall TA11 7LL, 7:30 concert
April 20 – Roadwater, Somerset, Village Hall TA23 0QY, 7:30 concert
April 21 – Chilthorne Domer, Somerset, St. Mary Church BA22 8RD, 7:30 concert
April 22 – Purbeck, Dorset, Kingston Church BH20 5LL, 7:30 concert
April 23 – Milton Abbey, Dorset DT11 0BZ, 10:30-12:30 workshop, 7:30 concert
April 24 – Clungunford, Hereford, St Cuthbert’s Church, SY7 0PN, 2:30-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
April 25 – Stourbridge, Elmfield Steiner School, Love Lane DY8 2EA, 7-9 pm workshop
April 26 – Stourbridge, Elmfield Steiner School DY8 2EA, 7:30 concert
April 27- Norwich, St. Luke’s Church NR3 2HF, Evening workshop 6:30-9:30
April 28 – South Walsham, St. Lawrence’s Centre NR13 6DQ 7:30 concert
April 29 – Castle Acre, St James Church, PE32 2AA, 7:30 concert
April 30 – Newark on Trent, Barnbygate Methodist Church NG24 1LS, 2:30-5:30 workshop, 7:30 concert, 01636-700-295
May 1- Lancaster, Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, LA1 3PY, 3:00-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
May 2 – Sedbergh, Cumbria, People’s Hall, Howgill Lane, LA10 5DQ, ceilidh 6-9 pm
May 3 – Hexham. Seaton Sluice Community Centre, Albert Road NE 26 4QX, workshop 3 pm, Concert 7 pm
May 4 – Allendale, Village Hall, evening ceilidh, 7:30
May 5 – Warkworth, Northumberland, St. Lawrence Church NE65 0UR, 7:30 concert
May 6-7 – Moniave, Dumfries, Moniave Festival, workshop, concert and dance
May 8 – Wrexham, Wrexham Methodist Church LL11 1RY, 2:30-5:00 workshop, 7:00 concert
May 9 – Stroud, Baptist Church hall, 7:00 workshop,
May 10 – Stroud, Holy Trinity Church, concert, 7:30


8th May – Pickin’ Lunchtime at The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station)

Ph: 0118 958 3555 http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Facebook Group https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


Down Trodden String Band Update

Sat 9, Sat 16/Sun 17 Apr – Peak Village Spring Fair, Chatsworth Road, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE 10.00-14.00 Free


Harry Welburn has a weekly radio show – STEEL&WIRE – playing Old Time, American Roots & Americana on community radio station Sheffield Live – 93.2 FM. The show is very Wednesday morning, 10.a.m -11a.m.

The show tries to have Guests, sharing their ‘Favourite Five’ tracks, & feature The Live Local List of Gigs where listeners can see/hear this great music. The Sheffield Old Time, Bluegrass & Americana ‘scenes’ are very supportive of the show but he’d love to hear from other promoters & from any ‘British’ act that wants me to play their music.

Each show is available as a podcast:
www.sheffieldlive.org – Shows – ‘S’ for Steel&Wire – & scroll down.


If Appalachian Clogging/Flatfooting is your thing … Jo Bowis has a new website to have a look at:


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March 31st

Anyone wishing to see the archived internet feed for the recent celebration of Trevor Stuart’s life can find it here:

Note that is a private link to anyone with the URL and so not searchable.


Ben Paley and Tab Hunter are at Court Sessions this coming Friday, April 1st.

The County Arms, 345 Trinity Road, Wandsworth SW18 3SH.
8.00pm – 11.00pm. Entrance is: members £7.00, guests £8.00, membership £2.00pa.

Website: sessioneast2.tripod.com


Exeter area – The next Old Time session is 7.30 at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, Sunday 3rd April


Gérard De Smaele tells me that his website has been updated with illustrations for “Banjo Attitudes”.



Upcoming shows from Stompin’ Dave Allen in London, Somerset, Devon, East Sussex, Wiltshire, Wales and Kent.

For more information please visit www.stompinstore.com


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