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We aim to help music fans connect and discover great new music and help indie musicians promote their music and help them build relationships with supporters and industry professionals.

Avenging & Bright - Damien O'Kane (08/12/17)

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  • Artist: Damien O'Kane
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 8th December, 2017
  • Record Label: Pure Records
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Avenging & Bright gets right under the skin of traditional Irish and English folk, seducing it into the realms of rock, jazz and world music - never predictable, always an exciting. An uplifting voyage of discovery delivered by one of the most fearless and clever conjurors of modern folk music.

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance - Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy (17/11/17)

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  • Artist: Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy
  • Release Date: 17th November, 2017
  • Genre: Folk, Scottish Music, Singer-Songwriter
  • Record Label : hudson Records
  • Tracks: 14
  • Website:

Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published essayist. Her songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania, Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood. She sings traditional songs too and writes to commission for theatre, animation and thematic collaborative projects. Karine is five-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song.  

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. A poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary, and solidarity, it combines elements of memoir, essay, myth, sound art and song. Wind Resistance won the BEST MUSIC & SOUND AWARD at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 and Karine was also been shortlisted for the BEST ACTOR 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

From A Room: Volume Two - Chris Stapleton (01/12/17)

  • Artist: Chris Stapleton
  • Genre: Country, Americana, Singer-Songwriter
  • Release Date: 1st December, 2017
  • Record Label: Mercury Records Nashville
  • Tracks: 9
  • Website:

Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 will be released December 1 on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available to pre-order digitally and with exclusive limited-edition bundles. The multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning musician first shared the album news from stage during the first of two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this past Friday. Of the special hometown concerts, CMT praises, “…cemented his status as one of music’s greatest talents to emerge from the current decade.” The forthcoming album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room”) where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship” 

Track Listings

  1. Millionaire
  2. Hard Livin'
  3. Scarecrow in the Garden
  4. Nobody's Lonely Tonight
  5. Tryin' to Untangle My Mind
  6. A Simple Song
  7. Midnight Train to Memphis
  8. Drunkard's Prayer
  9. Friendship

Fifteen - The Walin' Jennys (27/10/17)

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  • Band: The Walin' Jennys
  • Release Date: 27th October, 2017
  • Genre: Indie Folk, Roots, Acoustic
  • Record Label:True North Records
  • Tracks: 9
  • Website: 

Now celebrating their fifteenth year together with an album appropriately call 'Fifteen'. The Wailin' Jennys again bring their own arrangements and harmonies to some of their favorite covers.

"We think the album has a live, real, moment-in-time kind of feel to it, and are so happy to be putting it out there for our fans. Some of the covers are songs we've had arranged for a while but haven't had the chance to record. The others were brought to the mix for this record. They are all songs that are close to our heart for one reason or another or that feel appropriate for the times." - The Wailin' Jennys

She & I - Kirsty Merryn (09/11/17)

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  • Artist: Kirsty Merryn
  • Release Date: 9th November, 2017
  • Genre: Folk, Contemporary Folk and Singer-songwriter
  • Record Label: Kirsty Merryn
  • Tracks: 8
  • Website:

Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Kirsty has become a regular on the UK folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately introspective piano based songs and sophisticated musical style, which are balanced beautifully by an intimate and finely observational lyrical content. In 2015 after being discovered by Steve Knightley she received national airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and in 2016 opened the main stage at Sidmouth Folk Week for headliners Show of Hands. Kirsty is currently working on her debut album, a collection of stories about inspirational women, with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and produced by award-winning Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, The Speech Project), which will be released later in 2017. In Autumn 2017 Kirsty will be touring the UK over 22 nights, supporting Show of Hands on their Cathedral Tour.

Selma Avenue - Troubadour 77

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  • Artist: Troubadour 77 (T77)
  • Release Date: 1st December, 2017
  • Genre: Rock, Alt Country, Indie
  • Record Label: Transfer Records
  • Tracks: 11
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To quote a Troubadour 77 song, “I guess we’ll never know how the story could’ve read, cause we can’t go back again, to 1977.”  Or can we?  Forty years later there is one band boldly leading the charge and taking fans back to the Rock n’ Roll, California Country and Singer-Songwriter roots of the 1970s.  T77, has listened to the generation raised on great melodies, lyrics and records, and agree with them that there is an under-served population of music lovers who are ripe to hear some new original music that can live beside the nostalgic tunes spinning in an endless loop on their favorite classic rock satellite radio stations or streaming playlists. The time has come to deliver songs that address the life circumstances, social issues and perspectives of an older and wiser generation of music lovers. 

The band is the brainchild of Grammy award-winning singer-songwriters, Anna Wilson (Piano/Lead Vocals) and Monty Powell (Electric Guitar/Vocals).  Wilson and Powell have been married for 16 years, making music together as artists, songwriters and producers in Nashville.  Collectively they have written a dozen #1 songs and countless album cuts that appear on over 70 million records sold and have co-produced unique special projects that pay tribute to The Eagles, Billy Joel and the Countrypolitan era of music.  Additionally, Powell was a key creative force in establishing the mega success story of Keith Urban.  He was his early producer and one of Urban’s top collaborators for many years, earning Golden Globe nominations and countless industry awards for the songs they composed. Ultimately, Wilson and Powell spent 25 years in Music City together, but it wasn’t until after breaking away and retreating to their second home in the Utah mountains that they found a new muse that came calling so strong, they had to answer. 

The songs of Troubadour 77 are written by Wilson and Powell and recorded in their world-class studio in Utah.  It all started when Wilson began revisiting the records of Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Firefall, Linda Ronstadt and many others, and realized how much she missed someone just singing her a great song. Wilson states, “Those artists made music that was authentic and addressed the issues of the times, and yet all those songs still hold up 40 years later because they are honest and real.  It’s the type of music I’ve always wanted to write and record as an artist but the industry would not allow.  Today, of course, we can take our music directly to the fans. I used to think I was just born 20 years too late because I wasn’t in Los Angeles in 1975.  I was just 5 years old singing in my room in Pennsylvania into my hairbrush.  But now I think perhaps it’s not too late, and it's worth it to attempt to carry the torch of that great era of music, so that's what I am going to do.” 

Powell chimes in, “With all the new ways to discover music, you can go find your true believers.  We figured if we love that classic sound but don’t just want to hear Stairway to Heaven for the ten-thousandth time, there’s probably a whole lot of other folks out there who would love to hear some fresh tunes not dominated by kid singers, hip-hop based rhythms and soundscapes with cultural themes that just don’t match who they are.  Troubadour 77 is here to say it can be done." 

Joined by their band mates, Austin Weyand (Guitar/Vocals), Kassie Weyand (Bass/Vocals) and Nathan Chappell (Drums), the band hails from Salt Lake City.  In an interesting twist, Austin and Kassie have also been married for 15 years and making music together.  Austin, originally from western Pennsylvania, is a premiere finger style guitar player who has recorded two solo albums and is the 2014 champion of the Wyoming finger style guitar competition, and also holds the same title in Utah from 2012.  His wife Kassie, from Honeyville, Utah, began playing the piano at a young age (5), and was very involved in theater and dance during her teenage and young adult years.  After getting married she picked up the bass and began to perform with Austin and they forged a duo.  Powell says, “When we met Austin we knew he was something special.  Then he told us his wife played bass and Anna and I said, bring her over and lets jam.” Needless to say, Wilson & Powell were thrilled to have them join the band.  Powell often jokes, “Yes, we are two married couples in a band together, like Fleetwood Mac, without the drugs and affairs.”

On drums is Nathan Chappell, a Native American from the Hopi tribe who grew up in Brigham City, Utah.  He started playing drums at thirteen (1977) and later joined the Marine Corps at seventeen.  He served for four years, and afterwards decided to take the leap and pursue his first a full time musician.  In addition to his role in T77, he is a drum instructor for two private music schools, facilitates drum workshops for various after school and library arts programs and is a world-class cajone player, which is a skill all in itself. 

Music, and making music, is not just for the young, although you would be hard pressed to know that by what is regularly turned out by the music giants.  In fact, instead of an explicit language sticker, T77 says with tongue firmly in cheek, that they label their music as “not suitable for anyone under the age of 35”. Wilson says, “It’s high time artists start making new music for adults as well as kids.  Yes, dare I say songs you can understand the words to and make you reflect and celebrate your place in life, without relying entirely on the nostalgia of a bygone era.  We just want to carry on the great music made in the 70s.  Back then artists weren't afraid to write and sing protest songs, and neither are we.  We've got some songs that reflect the current issues and the times we're in now and we hope they can affect change in our world in a positive way.  We’ve also got songs about getting older, as well as looking back. I think artists should make music that addresses those parts of the journey too.”

Troubadour 77 is just getting started.  Their debut was an appearance with Brandi Carlile at the 2017 Sundance Film Fest, and now they will be kicking off their summer tour at this year’s star studded BottleRock Festival in Napa as well as performing additional concerts with Los Lobos and Robert Randolph and The Family Band later in the season.  T77 is giving listeners a chance to rediscover that sense of wonder and connection, when you heard someone singing TO you, FOR you, ABOUT you and in some mystical way, WITH you.  Make room on your playlist for Troubadour 77…new music with a classic sound!

The Project - Lindsay Ells (11/08/17)

  • Artist: Lindsay Ells
  • Release Date: August, 2017
  • Genre: Country
  • Record Label: Stoney Creek/Red
  • Tracks: 12
  • Website:

2017 debut album from the country singer-songwriter. Produced by Sugarland's Kristian Bush, The Project comes on the heels of Ell's Worth the Wait EP. 'This new music is the best I've ever done,' Ell says. 'I called the album The Project because that's exactly what this whole process was. I've discovered who I am, what I want to say and how I want to say it. I'm so excited to finally have an album that is me, and I can't wait for fans to hear it.' 

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Waiting On You
White Noise
Just Another Girl
Always Kiss The Girl
Worth The Wait

Elephant Eye - Hannah White (30/11/17)

  • Artist: Hannah White
  • Release Date: 30th November, 2017
  • Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, Americana, Folk
  • Record Label: Sound Lounge Records
  • Tracks: 11
  • Website:

Hannah White has battled her way to gaining a loyal following of fans around the UK whilst maintaining a wholly independent approach to her career. Her music is influenced by country, blues, folk, pop and soul but remains distinctly her own.

With a voice that can switch from a sweet Nashville croon to a bluesy holler, her songs draw from a rich well of life experiences and have been heard on the national airwaves of BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio, Chris Country Radio as well major regional UK radio shows such as; BBC London, BBC Kent, BBC Merseyside, BBC Manchester & BBC Introducing as well as being played on international TV several times on the Phil Mack Country Show.

Hannah has wowed audiences at shows with multi-Grammy Award winning Tim O’Brien, Thea Gilmore, Laurence Fox, Judie Tzuke and Ben Haenow, headlined at a sold-out Union Chapel in London, performed for Whispering Bob Harris, performed at major festivals and picked up press plaudits from R2 Magazine, Country People Magazine, Blues Matters and many more.

1000 Years - Allman Brown (10/02/17)

  • Artist: Allman Brown
  • Release date: 10th February, 2017
  • Genre: Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriter
  • Record Label: Allman Brown
  • Tracks: 11
  • Website:

Allman Brown is a London-based singer-songwriter influenced by the likes of Bon Iver, James Vincent McMorrow and Sufjan Stevens. Since announcing himself onto the scene in 2013 with the ‘Sons And Daughters’ EP (the lead track of which recently surpassed 3.5 million streams on Spotify), he has built a solid fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic through a number of his songs being featured on notable TV dramas in both the UK and US. 1000 Years is his excellent debut album.

Tyminski - Southern Gothic (20/10/17)

  • Artist: Dan Tyminski
  • Genre: American, Country, Singer-Songwriter
  • Release Date: 20th October, 2017
  • Record Label: UMG Nashville
  • Tracks: 13
  • Website:

Dan Tyminski has just announced that his brand new solo album 'Southern Gothic' will be released on the 20th October. This highly anticipated, exciting and interesting new album looks great from it's initial teaser trailer. 

The new album sees Dan mixing his roots music pedigree with a wide range of contemporary influences on 13 songs he co-wrote with some of country's best and brightest talents. Many of the songs were inspired by what Dan describes as his perceptions of "light and dark" and originally written for other artists, though he ultimately decided to record them himself. Co-writers on Southern Gothic include Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Monroe, Josh Kear, and the late Andrew Dorff.

Ready The Horses - Jarrod Dickenson (29/09/17)

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Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them. Hailing from Waco, now based in Nashville, Jarrod spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to a wide variety of music loving audiences around the globe.

Jarrod's critically acclaimed album 'The Lonesome Traveler' and his subsequent EP 'Songs From Willow St' paved the way for him to tour the UK, Ireland and Europe extensively over the last several years. Breakout performances at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival, along with recent tours supporting legendary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean, The Waterboys and Jools Holland have earned Jarrod a formidable and loyal fan base across the globe, including BBC radio hosts Dermot O'Leary, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Janice Long, Robert Elms and Alex Lester.

All tracks on the album were recorded with the core band live onto 2” tape, with Jarrod recalling, “I've found that getting a group of musicians all together in the same room, and playing the songs live allows you to capture the energy and feel of a live performance, because it's just that; a performance. You feed off each other, and create a much more honest and meaningful thing in my opinion. Recording to tape produces that warm sound we all love, but also affords you less room for error. I think it forces you to give each take your all. "

Jupiter Calling - The Corrs (10/11/17)


It has been two years since they last released music but the wait is over for fans of The Corrs as their new album lands on November 10.

Jupiter Calling comes two years after White Light and twenty years after the Dundalk band's hugely successful second album, Talk On Corners. Caroline describes making the album as "the most freeing experience we've ever had in the studio".

The album isproduced by T-Bone Burnett and he had them play live with minimal overdubs accompanied by bassist Robbie Malone and guitarist Anthony Drennan. He also insisted the studio source 40 spools or rare two inch tape and a 1966 Ludwig drum kit.

“I love The Corrs' deep, generous spirit,” says T-Bone. “I love their writing and their singing and their playing. I love the people of Ireland – their music, their literature, their art- and The Corrs are the most soulful exemplars of that mystical land.”

The Corrs also play a headline show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on the 19th October.

Tx Jelly - The Texas Gentlemen (15/09/17)

  • Artist: The Texas Gentleman
  • Genre: Country, Rock, Soul and Funk
  • Release Date: 15th September, 2017
  • Record Label: New West Records
  • Tracks: 11
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Sometimes, authenticity can sneak up on you. The first sounds you hear on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut studio album, 'TX Jelly', is that of a band slowly coming together.

It’s deceptive, because it creates the impression these Gentlemen might be hesitant about their first record, but any hint of uncertainty vanishes as the core quintet, Beau Bedford, Nik Lee, Daniel Creamer, Matt McDonald and Ryan Ake tears into the opening track, Habbie Doobie, a low-slung piece of vintage country-funk that slams out of the speakers and announces The Texas Gentlemen as a force to be reckoned with.

This Lone Star-bred collective takes its cues from some of the iconic acts of the past — the quicksilver brilliance of The Wrecking Crew, The Muscle Shoals Swampers (who backed everyone from Aretha to Wilson Pickett), Booker T. and The M.G.’s, and Bob Dylan’s one-time backers The Band are the most obvious examples. Bedford, who shares chief engineering and producing responsibilities at Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders, assembled The Texas Gentlemen as an all-purpose backing band for an eclectic array of singer-songwriters, including Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane, and more.

In 2016, the Gentlemen were lured out of the studio to the Newport Folk Festival, where they were joined by iconic troubadour Kris Kristofferson, making his first Newport appearance in more than 45 years. Rolling Stone called it one of the festival’s “most exciting sets.”

Kristofferson so enjoyed collaborating with The Texas Gentlemen that he enlisted them to reprise their roles in a series of critically acclaimed Texas concerts. Of Kristofferson and The Texas Gentlemen’s appearance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, music critic Preston Jones wrote “The [instruments] would slowly coalesce around Kristofferson’s gnarled but still potent voice, creating an electric sensation of the past fusing with the present.”

That deft fusion of before and right now is possible thanks to the musicians’ unswerving dedication to simply playing to the best of their abilities, trusting their instincts, and letting the music guide them. Case in point: TX Jelly was created in less than a week — four days, start to finish — at Muscle Shoals’ singular FAME Studios.

Pared down from the 28 songs the Gentlemen recorded in that 96-hour span, TX Jelly effortlessly connects way back to what’s next, summoning the spirits of American songcraft even as it heralds the arrival of 21st century talent. Cut live, with little use for the blinding polish and careful presentation of so much modern music, TX Jelly oozes with skill backed up by that hard-won authenticity.

TX Jelly moves between contemplative and raucous, encompassing the full breadth of the American experience. The music touches on blues, soul, folk, country, rock and gospel — from first track to last, you can feel The Texas Gentlemen reaching deep inside themselves and finding what’s genuine — what illuminates the truth of the country’s rich, complicated and singular artistic history — and delivering it the only way they know how: real, raw and righteous.

Alterum - Julie Fowlis (27/10/17)

  • Artist: Julie Fowlis
  • Genre: Traditional folk, Gaelic Folk, Scottish Music
  • Release Date: 27th October, 2017
  • Record Label: Machair Records Ltd
  • Tracks: 11
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'Fowlis's ascent to international stardom, putting Gaelic folk on the world music map, is evidence that a sublime voice transcends language and culture' - Guardian

Julie Fowlis originally hails from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and is now based in the Highlands of Scotland. Firmly established as a world music artist with a natural interest and ability to cross-over into other genres and styles, she will forever be known as the singing voice of Merida, the female protagonist in the Disney-Pixar Oscar/Bafta/Golden Globe winning movie 'Brave'.

During an impressive career spanning more than a decade, with multiple awards, accolades and four studio albums, she has until now, sung primarily in Scottish Gaelic. The Latin title of her fifth studio album 'Alterum' gently suggests that this record is a departure from what has gone before.

The Doctrine Of Song - Tracey Browne (31/10/17)

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  • Artist: Tracey Browne
  • Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Pop
  • Release Date: 31st October, 2017
  • Record Label: Tracey Browne
  • Tracks: 10
  • Website:


Tracey Browne is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and session singer; her credits include recording projects by Thea Gilmore, Nigel Stonier and a host of independent artists.

From producing and recording other artists, to singing and playing live with bands and songwriters of many different genres, Tracey has become one of the most versatile musicians to work with in the UK. Playing guitar, piano, tenor guitar, bass guitar, Q-chord and providing outstanding vocals, both on her own songs and harmonising with others, she is in demand on the professional circuit.

Tracey trained as a sound engineer at Manchester’s ‘Airtight Studios’, where she recorded and mixed her 2 EP’s, ‘Tooth and Nail’, (2007) and ‘The Cat and the Moon’, (2009), her album ‘Everyone Is Ordinary’, (2012) and her duo album with Raevennan Husbandes ‘East by North West’ (2015).

Wanderer - Cara Dillon (13/10/17)

  • Artist: Cara Dillon
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 13th October, 2017
  • Record Label: Charcoal Records
  • Tracks: 10
  • Website:

Cara Dillon, one of the most celebrated singers in Irish Folk music, announces the release of her brand new album 'Wanderer'.

For this, her seventh album, the award-winning singer once again collaborates with longtime musical partner, producer and husband Sam Lakeman to offer a collection of songs featuring intimate performances that capture some of her most moving vocal performances to date.

Building upon a career based on folk songs rooted in time and place, Wanderer sees Cara delve deeper into the tradition, not finding reasons to circumvent it. The underlying theme being the movement of people, of emigration and the pursuit of love. It's a collection that speaks to Cara's fascination with songs of departure and the powerful desire to belong.

Each of the album's ten tracks feature beautifully sparse piano and acoustic guitar arrangements by Sam Lakeman, who also produces. His experience and expertise were both key in making this album stand apart from Cara's previous. It's warm and intimate; the mood is stripped back and relaxed; the songs are beautiful and full of space with every moment thoroughly self-assured. Guest performances by Kris Drever, John Smith, Justin Adams, Niall Murphy and Ben Nicholls provide modest and expressive backing, helping to make this a sincere and understated work of art.

Throughout an enviable career which has seen her explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade; working on Disney soundtracks to collaborations with leading UK dance DJ/producers – Cara has continuously chosen to firmly plant herself within the landscape of her cultural heritage and that's something to celebrate. With a more mature and reflective tone, Wanderer will no doubt transcend genres just as effortlessly as her highly successful albums Hill Of Thieves (2009) and A Thousand Hearts (2014) and increase her already impressive list of fans. "What may well be the world's most beautiful female voice" - MOJO "Loved every single album you've put out...sublime, heavily recommend to anyone." - Ed Sheeran "This woman's voice holds so many beautiful memories in my heart." - Sam Smith "Dillon's crystalline, angelic voice, an instrument of rare beauty capable of melting the sternest of hearts" - BBC

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