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The 2 Lazy 2 Ranch Band Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Blending country, bluegrass, some gospel and a little southern rock, The 2 Lazy 2 Ranch Band brings this unique blend together in a style they call "Cowgrass". John Hall, Dave Polston, Joe Grizzle and Doug Sample just released their 2nd CD. Their first "Take Him at His Word" were all original gospel songs penned by lead singer John. Now in their 5th year, the band has begun work on CD number 3. A mix of original and covers done the ranch band way.
Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Sunday 4:30 – Presidio
The group’s unique sound has attracted fans of all ages from all over the country. With Adara Rae’s head-turning vocals and The Homewreckers’ versatile musical abilities and instrumental talents, this band has a little something for everyone.
Al's Pals (The Vinals) Sunday 12:30 – Patio
Al's Pals(The Vinals) is a duo that loves to share vintage American music, especially the Tin Pan Alley tunes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Reuben's ukulele playing captures the often joyful and whimsical spirit of those times. Jim adds some bass notes and thumps up some rhythm and riffs on his six string. The classic tunes and lyrics will get you smiling and tapping your feet.
Almond&Olive Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
Almond&Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs.
Annie Hawkins Band Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Singer-songwriter Annie Hawkins will be performing with the creative Justin Donaldson on drums and the talented Emy Sukenaga on the cello. Enjoy the emotive and angelic songs with strong melodies that flow effortlessly, captivating your heart and soul.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 4:00 – Presidio
Celebrating it's 37th year, this group began in 1980 as a small ensemble in the UA Russian Department. It is a spirited, nonprofit community folk orchestra that plays native Slavic instruments and wears colorful costumes. They've toured Arizona and Mexico and are members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, which holds conventions in North America and Europe.
ArleneWow! Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
ArleneWow! has been singing and writing music since her early beginnings. Now an award winning composer and musician category winner of Connecticut's Star On The Web, Arlene has earned her place among her peers. She has many songwriting awards as well as accolades from industry icons such as Gary Allan (drummer for Charlie Daniels Band) and Jason Rubal (producer for Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails and Mary J. Blige) as well as Rex Fowler (member of Aztec Two Step).
The Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Easy bites via Folk Giants from Mercer to Zappa. With two decades of Tucson Folk Festival performances under their much larger belts, Dick Arnold, Jim Klingenfus, Bob Benedon and Jim Lipson will do a few originals, a couple of re-invented covers, and at least one musical surprise. We love playing for our hometown crowd that has tolerated us all these years. We sympathize.
Baba Marimba Sunday 6:30 – Museum
Baba Marimba is a fusion of World Beat and Jazz and is a favorite band for free form dancing. Heidi Wilson on Sax, Mike Ankomeus on Trumpet, Mark Holdaway on guitar, Swami Peizer and Michael Holloway on drums, and everyone on marimba!
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Blue Prairie Dogs Sunday 1:30 – Museum
The Blue Prairie Dogs play family friendly Western Folk music. You'll hear unique, original songs that are cleverly written and energetically performed. Songwriter Dan Oved sings lead and plays guitar and harmonica. Pete Fine plays 12-string lead guitar with speed, taste and humor. Stuart Oliver is on bass and backup vocals and is in charge of good vibes and dancing on stage. CDs are available at the Kitchen Store.
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Bob Einweck Saturday 2:30 – Plaza
Bob Einweck - Einweck will be playing slide and acoustic guitar on songs from a large repertoire of originals, many of which are upbeat, with quirky rhythms driving a lyrical mayhem of narratives.
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The Bob Wilders Band Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
Original music covering a wide spectrum of Americana from folk to country to blues and more.
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Bright & Childers Quartet Saturday 4:00 – Museum
The Bright & Childers Quartet is back, with Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers on vocals and guitar, Hoshin Gupta on percussion, Mark Nearing on bass, and special guest Jim Ruff on mandolin. B&CQ combines vocal harmonies with strong rhythm to make an interesting and sometimes edgy sound. You'll like it, and it's good for you.
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Bruce Carlson Sunday 1:30 – Plaza
Bruce writes and sings Folk/Americana with lyrics that paint songs of love, life and landscapes. One of his songs, Civil War ballad "As Soldiers Lie at Rest," was included on the Nashville album "This Is My America". Recently moved from New Mexico, Bruce's music hobby saw him play venues such as the historic Rio Grande Theatre, Cowboy Days, Music Under the Stars, cafes and vineyards. All sales from his 3 CDs go to Tucson charities. Bruce is pleased to now be involved in the Tucson music scene.
Bunny Kirby and The Storytellers Sunday 11:00 – La Cocina
Singing a song is really telling a story. Lonny & Jenell have been singing together since they got married 58 years ago. Bunny is their daughter who learned to play guitar on the songs that her Dad wrote. They have been singing together since Bunny was able to talk. All songs performed will be originals by Lonny Davis.
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The Buzzkills Sunday 1:00 – Museum
The Buzzkills Country lounge meets dark Americana with this Tucson band featuring Theo Cliff, Carmen Venecia, Greg Rogan and Tim Vanderpool. Guitar and harmonica-laced sets include twisted standards and original music that rambles from aching to exuberant.
Cadillac Mountain Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
High powered bluegrass performance in the style of true buskers with Joel Leland on guitar and vocals, Rudy Cortese, banjo and Katie Kerr on bass. They will be joined by the amazing Heather Hardy on vocals.
Carol Markstrom Sunday 12:00 – Patio
Carol Markstrom is a singer/songwriter whose musical inspirations include Roots, Americana, and Western. She recently received the 2015 Vocalist of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists! Carol writes songs about engaging people, places, and events of the West, some of which tell of American Indian culture. Carol is based out of Tucson and performs in the Southwest, as well as the Eastern U.S. and Alaska. She has two CDs released with songs being played on several radio programs.
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Cinder Bridge Sunday 2:00 – Patio
Cinder Bridge consists of a singer/keyboardist, a drummer, and several of their imaginary friends. Their special brand of coffeehouse stadium rock will soothe your soul ... or possibly incite it to riot, depending on the song.
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Connie Brannock Sunday 2:30 – Museum
Connie Brannock is a local performer and songwriter who recently released her first solo album entitled "Where Does All the Time Go?" Her infectious joy and syncopated style is often described as "music to make your feet smile!"
Dan Weber Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” A gifted storyteller & engaging performer, in 2015 Weber won the prestigious Winfield NewSong contest for his tribute to Woody Guthrie & became a rare 3 time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest. An ex-Park Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” & the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”
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Darrell Elmer Rodgers Saturday 1:30 – Museum
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has been writing and performing original songs for 40 years. His songs reflect, with humor, the life and times of so many of his "Woodstock Generation" that some call him "The Bard of the Baby Boomers". His voice is deep and rich and his words witty - like hearing Hoyt Axton vocals of John Prine lyrics. Yet, he has style all his own. Bassist Rick Heyman and drummer Michal Parker, both veteran performers, complete the trio that has pleased TFF crowds for the past 9 years.
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Dash Pocket Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
Dash Pocket is an Americana band that has been together since 2010. They have been playing monthly in the Tucson area at The Parish, Monterey Court, Boarderlands Brewing Co., Nimbus Brewing Co., and La Cocina. They play mostly origin sonds with a few select covers of bands like Johnny Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Steve Earl, and Robert Earl Keen. This will be the third year they will be playing at the Tuscon Folk Festival.
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David Hinske Saturday 3:30 – Plaza
Folks songs and new music from the Southwest Independent Artist Album of the Year winner.
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Defining the Zeitgeist Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
Songwriters Jerry Careaga and Stephanie Gladhart are Defining the Zeitgeist, a Roots/Americana duo. Their songs have been recorded by many other artists including: Michael Martin Murphy, Highway 101, Crystal Gayle, John Conlee, Charlie Rich, Art Garfunkel, Spencer Davis. Jerry and Stephanie trade lead and harmony vocals and both play guitar. Great songs and harmony are the hallmark of Defining the Zeitgeist.
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Determined Luddites Saturday 5:00 – Museum
Original acoustic music for the sophisticated urban hillbilly. Iggy Pop meets Doc Watson in a bar. We've been at this a long time. Our new record, "Brandy Of The Damned" was recorded live at WaveLab Studio and features great friends and long-time collaborators Kevin Schramm, Peter McLaughlin, and Mighty Joel Ford. We'd be glad to sell you one.
Don Armstrong Saturday 4:30 – Presidio
Don has been called a "folk treasure" and a "Tucson legend." He has played nationwide and his songs have been sung around the world. His latest recording is available on Ronstadt Records.
The Dust Devils Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
'The Dust Devils' play both traditional and newgrass style bluegrass music. Our music is upbeat, and no matter which flavor of bluegrass you prefer, we promise you'll enjoy our harmonies and enthusiasm! We just love playing this music, and it shows.
Earthenware Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
Marc Rennard's old-time fiddling can best be described as hard-driving, eccentric and sometimes surprisingly emotional. He has been in demand for over 30 years in the St. Louis area not only for his intense dance-fiddling, but for his skills in violin restoration, which he has made his primary career for the last 21 years. He has recently recorded a CD of strictly fiddle tunes, many of which are his own compositions. Marc is best known around Arizona as fiddler for the Summerdog band, 1978-82.
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Eb Eberlein Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
Songs from the wilds of the mountains and the heart. Passion and subtlety, with a does of humor.
Elise Grecco Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
Elise has been performing at this festival for many years singing old folk songs to jazz standards and blues. Her beautiful expressive voice can bring new meaning and pathos to any song. You won't want to miss this set.
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Elizabeth Tighe Saturday 4:00 – Presidio
Elizabeth Tighe is a singer/songwriter with musical influences that include Jackson Browne, Janis Joplin and other notable artists. She has written music since before she learned an instrument. She is a Tucson native and has enjoyed performing at the Tucson Folk Festival since she was 13. Her sound blends rock, folk and blues to create a unique sound all her own. She has now released two CD compilations of her original music.
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Eric Douglas Saturday 12:30 – Plaza
Eric Douglas is an Arizona singer-songwriter who combines poignant storytelling with influences of contemporary folk, classic rock, and Texas country. Many of his songs are set against distinctive American backdrops, such as the Southwestern desert, the farms of the Great Plains, and the open road.
Eric Ramsey Sunday 4:30 – Patio
As the two-time (and current) AZ Blues Showdown winner, Eric has performed in Memphis, Indianapolis, Portland, ME and Chicago. Not strictly a bluesman, Eric's original compositions reflect his musical influences, but come from a place all their own. Eric writes from experience about the human condition - at times sensitive, at times humorous, always thought-provoking. His arrangements and delivery encompass a spectrum of styles, from delicate fingerpicking to raucous bluesy slide.
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Saturday 4:30 – Museum
The Other Troublemakers have been playing their vocal harmony laced Folk-Rock in Tucson and places beyond since 2014. Singer/Songwriter Eric Schaffer writes songs with emotion filled lyrics and melodies reminiscent of the classic folk-rockers of the 70's. His vocals haver been compared to the likes of Steve Earle and Kris Kristofferson.
The Fallen Stars Saturday 3:30 – Presidio
The Fallen Stars bring their brand of Americana storytelling to the TFF stage. It's a marriage of music and love with Bobbo and Tracy. Come see the band the OC Weekly named "best live band". The Fallen Stars have toured the states as well as Europe numerous times, they have a bunch of CDs available including a side project of music inspired by the television show Firefly. Truly Cosmic Americana!
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Frank 'n Steel Sunday 3:00 – Museum
Frank 'n Steel is a five piece country band of seasoned veterans in Tucson's rich music scene. They play a variety of country classics, along with a bunch of original songs written by singing bass player Curtis Haptonstal. Along with Frank Manhardt on vocals and guitar, we have Jay Queiros on lead guitar and vocals, Les Merrihew on drums, AND the steller steel guitar sounds of Neil Harry. We'll be singing ALL original songs at the Folk Fest.
Freddy Parish Sunday 12:00 – Museum
Freddy Parish is a singer/songwriter performing original songs, forgotten classics, and old time tunes in a neo-traditional folk and country style. Backed by 2 time Arizona State Fiddle Champion Matt Rolland on fiddle and mandolin, along with classically trained multi-instrumentalist Nathan Fenoglio on clawhammer banjo, accordion, guitar and harmony vocals, the trio plays dark Appalachian folk songs, sweet country ballads, and upbeat Cajun and honky tonk shuffles.
French Quarter Saturday 3:00 – Museum
French Quarter is a Tucson-based acoustic string band, specializing in an eclectic assortment of material from the 1920s to the present. Traditional folk, country-blues, trad jazz, jugband, alt-country, etc. This quartet of multi-instrumentalists features four part harmony, with lead vocals by all four members.
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G. E. Bowman Sunday 11:30 – Presidio
A long-time Arizonan, and former physics professor and locomotive engineer, I am now an aspiring acoustic musician. I write songs that are often musically sparse but lyrically subtle, reflecting my perspective as a veteran resident of Earth. Whether in traditional or modern style, my musical goals are simple beauty, powerful lyrics, and an intense connection to the human heart and mind.
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Grady Maguire Sunday 1:00 – Patio
Grady Maguire is a singer/songwriter with a country background and sound. His music creates a mix of both classic and current country music.
Gun Hill Royals Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
Gun Hill Royals have been brewing Americana music out of Los Angeles since 2013. With a sound steeped in roots, GHR are headed towards ramblin’, rollin’, shufflin’, groovin’, or bust! And if soul happens to be putting his thumb out there, hell, hop in…there’s plenty of room in the back. With the release of their 2nd EP, the boys are gearing up for another year of tours and hope to deliver their music to as many ears as humanly possible.
The Haymarket Squares Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
Blending acoustic instruments, fast tempos, rich harmonies and rabble-rousing lyrics, The Haymarket Squares have been bringing punkgrass to audiences since 2009. “They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony,” says the Arizona Republic of the group’s incisive lyrics and boundless live energy.
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Heather Lil Mama Hardy Saturday 5:00 – Presidio
Heather Lil' Mama Hardy has been happily playing music professionally her whole adult life.She is best known in Tucson For her 20 years and 6 CDS with THE Sam Taylor Blues Band . But she has had her own band since 1996 and is a member of numerous bands in AZ and NYC . She was inducted in The AZ Blues hall of Fame in 2001 .And she was just inducted to the Tucson Musician Museum in 2016 . She has 6 releases .AND Her BRAND NEW CD !!! was released February 2017 and is her First LIVE album.
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Hot Club Junior Sunday 1:30 – Presidio
A young band bound around gypsy jazz, Hot Club Junior has enjoyed playing together many times this past year. Individually, each member of this trio has received numerous awards, be it in classical, bluegrass, or old-time fiddle contests. Their talents complement one another. With Maria McArthur on guitar, Lee MacDonald on cello, and Will MacDonald on fiddle, they can either take the lead or provide for each other solid time and swinging rhythm.
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Hot Club of Tucson Sunday 4:00 – Museum
The Hot Club of Tucson brings to life the music of Django Reinhardt as well as Gypsy folk and early swing in a stripped down string trio format of violin, guitar and upright bass.
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I Hear Voices! Sunday 4:30 – Plaza
I Hear Voices! is a rare thing, a true singing band. Lead by Bobby Kimmel who was the founder of the Stone Poneys, the band that launched Linda Ronstadt's career, the members are Kimmel, Bobby Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and Suzy Ronstadt dividing the singing duties. Kimmel plays guitar with Jack Culver on mandolin. They sing a wide mix of traditional songs with originals by Kimmel plus other contemporary writers like Ruth Moody of the Wailin' Jennys and Gillian Welch. Don't miss them!
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Ice-9 Sunday 5:30 – Museum
Ice-9 is a consistent festival favorite, featuring the songwriting of MichaelTanzillo, Richards' distinctive harmonica playing and the fluid and upbeat bass of Slim Rost. They'll bring you lively melodies to dance to, surprising lyrics to ponder and music that'll please any friend of country, blues, swing or folk to name just 4. They're usally accompanied by 1 or 2 of Tucsons' finest musicians and or vocalists.
Igor the One-Man-Band Sunday 11:30 – Museum
IGOR the ONE-MAN-BAND. Four octave vocalist,basso to yodel. Global entertainer,New Christy Minstrel,Jazz Cowboys. Pro accompaniment John Denver,Rod McKuen,Barry McGuire,Benny Goodman.
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Jacob Acosta Saturday 1:30 – Plaza
Jacob Acosta is a national artist who has lived in Tucson, AZ for over 8 years. He has worked with legendary producer, John Vanderslice, been featured on NPR, played dozens of festivals across the U.S., and has released 9 records since 2008. His newest music and coming release, ‘Desert Sounds’ (early 2017), is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. “It’s time to talk about the history, ecology, and culture of this place I love. It’s time for a record about home.”-Jacob Acosta
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JC & Laney Sunday 6:00 – Museum
A high energy Americana Duo who perform 50 to 100 times each year. They write & perform their own songs & cover songs. With a catalog of over 80 original compositions & 7 CDs, every song can be performed live on a street corner, a theater or any venue in between. They are known as entertainers with improvised banter, trademark harmonies & memorable songs that run the gamut between Americana, blues & rock. Their newest, Hard Road to Easy Street, was a 1st round ballot choice in the 2016 Grammys.
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The Jim Howell Band Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
Silver Clouds is the debut original album from The Jim Howell Band. The album resides between Honky-Tonk classics of Nashville, the Outlaw ‘70’s movement and the current singer songwriter influx of Texas Country and Americana that is teeming the country music underground of today. Live shows find the versatile multi-instrumentalist performer and singer/songwriter, Jim Howell, ably driving the band on guitar, harmonica & vocals. A follow-up release is expected in February of 2017.
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Jim Pipkin Saturday 12:00 – Museum
For over 40 years Jim Pipkin has been collecting the inspiration for his music while hitchhiking across the U.S. and Mexico, working whatever job he could find as he traveled. Jim has written songs that tell the legend and history of the areas he has passed through. Songs like El Tejano, the stage stop operator by day who robbed the same stage coaches at night near Picacho Peak, Dance in Coal Canyon, about a Hopi ghost and Tommyknockers, a Welsh legend of lost souls that live deep in the mines.
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John Keeney Sunday 12:30 – Plaza
I play a range of tunes from traditional celtic to american folk to rhythm and blues to good old rock and roll. My own tunes are an amalgam of all of this, with a touch of weird thrown in for flavor.
John McGill with Whiskey and Honey Sunday 2:30 – Plaza
"Part folk, part rock and all truth.” John & Sally McGill with John Hanson bring songs rooted in gospel, blues and country. Combining haunting harmonies with soulful melodies and guitar, the perfect combination of sweet comfort and the truth – Whiskey & Honey
Joyce Luna with Michael G. Ronstadt & Mike Markowitz Sunday 2:00 – Museum
Joyce Luna writes & sings contemporary folk music w/humor & heart. Tucson Weekly writes "Her vibe is similar to...Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell--something warm & pristine & smart that aim straight for the heart, which isn't afraid to raise a voice in protest--w/more of a trademark humor." Dirty Linen writes "[Joyce] possesses exactly what's the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit & style."
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Joyce Woodson Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
Joyce Woodson new CD LIVING THE WESTERN DREAM is full of all original western songs. She is a Grammy-nominated performer, won the Tucson Song Contest as well as Song of the Year from the Western Music Association(WMA)in 2008 for her song "If I Hadn't Seen the West". Her voice has been described as warm, soothing, and intimate. Her song "Thank Jack" is about the man who invented the Cowboy 'snap' shirt. "Girl on a Pony" deals with a mother's dementia and the daughter who is her caregiver.
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Kate Becker Sunday 6:00 – Presidio
Kate Becker moved to Tucson from New York City in 2002 and began collabo-rating with Gerald Massaoud, with whom she wrote and produced her debut release, The Kate Becker Project. Next she joined up with bassist Mike Hieber and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Oliver to form Kate Becker and the Zodiacs, recording her funky 2010 album, Soft Revolution. Pirate Radio, a concept album with a Latin thread was released this past year.
Kathy Kolmer Sunday 3:00 – Patio
Kathy was born and raised in southern Illinois. In her music one hears the echos of farm life, aching love and the influence of a slow rural culture. Kathy, whose influences include Patti Griffin and Greg Brown, is a songwriter who taps deeply into the confluence of Americana and roots music.
Kay Miracle Americana Singer/ Songwriter Sunday 12:30 – Museum
Kay Miracle's hails from Prescott AZ, moved to Seattle, WA and after performing abroad USO Military shows she made her home in New York. With over 200 songs to her name she has been featured on iheart/ Women of Substance radio and performed during the SXSW Music festival in Austin with the Texachromosome original showcase, the Last Honky Tonk music Series, and the Tumbleweed folk festival in Washington State. Kay's "Life Musings" are the core of her Americana songs.
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Key Ingredients of African Soul Sunday 6:30 – Presidio
This is the latest and greatest project led by Mike Olson, founder of the hybrid afro-pop Band Pulse of the 1990s. Original West African dance rhythms from perhaps Tucson's most consistently satisfying dance band with guitars, bass, percussion and marimba.
kiko and the stone avenue band Saturday 7:00 – Plaza
Original regional roots folk rock, blues & soul
Klezmerkaba Saturday 2:30 – Presidio
Klezmerkaba is the marriage of two concepts – “Klezmer” from two Hebrew words: klay, which means “vessel of,” and zemer, meaning “song.” It’s a Yiddish word for musical instruments or musicians. The Hebrew word “Merkabah” refers to the chariot of God. Formed by a group of semi-professional and professional music educators, Klezmerkaba, brings the Eastern European Jewish dance music of Klezmer to the Tucson community. This upbeat sound is fun, fresh, foot-tapping and dance-able.
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Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Saturday 2:00 – Museum
CopperMoon plays originals by Larry Armstrong mixed with Folk and classic Country emphasizing singer/songwriters. CopperMoon has played the Tucson Folk Festival for the past 25 years and has an on-going gig at Nimbus Brewery every other Sunday. CopperMoon consists of Larry Armstrong (guitar & vocals), Kathy Armstrong (vocals), Sam Sawyer (bass & vocals) and John Jensen (guitar, mandolin & dobro).
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Leila Lopez Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
original indie desert folk rock
Lexi Weege Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
The female performing artist has long been objectified, controlled, censored, restrained. This is what Lexi Weege refuses to be. Her music is passionate, alive, awakened; the narrative of a woman unashamed of her desires and unafraid to seize control. Weege conjures up decadent scenes of the roaring twenties with her stellar voice and jazz-influenced compositions.
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Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
We have fun playing Western, Folk, tasteful Country, Old-Timey and Bluegrass music. Linda Lou Reed sings lead and plays guitar, with harmonies by Jain Barrett and Ed Davenport, also playing bass. Marc Rennard gives us extraordinary fiddle and John Jensen, mandolin.
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Lisa Joyce Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
Taos, NM-based Lisa Joyce's clear-as-a-bell singing and poetic, wry lyrics have an entrancing effect for lovers of songwriting. With deep roots in the Southwest's folk-Americana scene, and a touch of Nashville and groove, Lisa writes and performs, as Townes Van Zandt said, 'for the sake of the song". Said Viv Nesbitt of Art of the Song: "Lisa is one of New Mexico's most soulful singer songwriters. Her voice is rich and expressive ...Lisa brings a unique and authentic perspective to the music"
Little Table Contraband Sunday 12:00 – Presidio
Little Table Contraband enjoys continuing the tradition of old-time fiddle music. The band also trys to push the bounds of old-time music's 'the same but different' mantra to interest younger generations in old-time music and provide an all-around good time for all.
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Lost Hombres Sunday 5:00 – Patio
Lost Hombres are locally owned and operated. We play roots Blues, Bluegrass, Pop tunes, and Western Swing. Artists covered include Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and whatever else we love.
Marshall Jones & Rob Paulis Sunday 3:30 – Presidio
Guitar and violin fusion from two stellar performers who don't play out nearly enough.
Matt Bruner Sunday 12:30 – Presidio
“Troubadour? Singer-songwriter? Artist? Hell, I’m just a storyteller with a four-minute attention span and nervous hands!” Matt calls himself “dark story-teller alt-folk with a smile.” Most of his songs come from dreams, experiences and observations. A song may not be about him, but there is a strong personal element in there somewhere.
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Minute2Minute Saturday 7:30 – Plaza
Minute2Minute is an eclectic folk troupe performing a lively blend of traditional and contemporary music with a babushka sway. Our performances have been described as “a musical travelogue”. The 8 member troupe includes vocals, clarinet, whistle, bass, percussion on a variety of folk drums and objects, guitars, mandolins, and a Sultry Stage Madame sure to bring a smile to your face!
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Moonstrung Restrung Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
MOONSTRUNG - REVISITED are former bandmates who have rekindled their spark of playing and harmonizing together. After having spread their musical wings in other creative endeavors, they are rejoining their efforts to bring renewed energies to tunes new and old. We hope you enjoy our mix of bluegrass, country, folk ballads and instrumentals. E.J. Ricotta on guitar, Mary Hidalgo on mandolin, and Dave Michaud & Shanti Foster on twin fiddles.
mudwerks Saturday 12:00 – Presidio
acoustic mudwerks provides a way to appreciate the wind and the dust and the heat without settling for static urban environments. Take a trip into the desert and see the sands shift into unique shapes
Mustang Corners Saturday 5:30 – Museum
Music born and raised in Tucson. Wall busting music. "Big, beautiful wall" busting music. Música Americana de Baja Arizona. Tim Daldrup, Dave Knipe, and Bob Collier - you know them, you've seen them before, they know what they're doin'.
Nancy Elliott Sunday 4:00 – Patio
Southwestern Americana is the music and stories painted on my heart by a life in the Desert Southwest. I write and sing to share with you the intense, alive, wild and dangerous place in my soul that is forever hungering for big skies, adventure, and a little something to tame because I think that place in is you, too.
Ned Sutton & Last Dance Sunday 3:30 – Museum
Ned Sutton & Last Dance A band of seasoned vets who play straight ahead, traditional country music with some old-time rock & roll and doo-wop. Influences: Hank Williams Sr, Haggard, Cash, Louden Wainwright III, Chuck Berry, 5 Satins, etc. with 2 and 3-part vocal harmonies. Band: Ned Sutton, Ric Volante, Dan Sorenson, Chris Davis, Neil Harry, and Heather Hardy.
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Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
The Maxwells play original music in styles ranging from rock to blues to country to reggae. The band features Tucson legend Allan "el voz" Bartlett on drums and vocals, Karl Hoffmann on bass and songwriter Neil McCallion on guitar and vocals. You'll find this trio pickin' their tunes just a little off the beaten path.
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Nelson Wright Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
Nelson came of age in rural upstate New York, and he’s been picking, writing, and gigging ever since. His guitar style has been compared to Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk, and his writing to early Bob Dylan and John Prine. Nelson’s most recent project, Orphans & Relics, was a Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk Album. Nelson is currently Seattle-based. His current drug of choice is caffeine.
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Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) Sunday 3:30 – Patio
Northeast by Southwest performs original music by Susan Taunton (vocals/guitar), with Bev Seckinger (irresistible harmonies/bass). Susan's soulful, dark and mystical songs mine heartache and longing, anguish and redemption, to bridge the chasm between the everyday and the infinite, and find a way home. Ron Pandy, longtime host of Monterey Court's Songwriter Showcase has called Susan, "Tucson's Leonard Cohen (only less cheerful)."
The Out of Kilters Saturday 7:00 – La Cocina
Traditional Irish and Scottish music is what we’re all about; from rousing ballads to toe-tapping jigs and reels that make you want to get up and dance! Among our repertoire of classic folk you’ll also hear some originals as Peter Rodgers (fiddle, vocals), Russ Healy (accordion, whistle) and Tom Feild (guitar) share their own brand new compositions. With a strong rhythm section consisting of Reuben Vinal on bass and Liz Healy on bodhran we are a truly unique experience!
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Paul Charles Sunday 2:30 – Patio
Paul Charles is a singer-guitarist who specializes in Piedmont-style country blues and traditional folk music. Paul's repertoire includes a wide range of folk material from the 1920s to the 1960s, as well as original tunes written in traditional styles.
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Pete Noirot Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
Pete as been a part of Tucson music community since 1987. In working bands: "Random Axcess", "Desert City Rhythm", and "Taketime", he always emphasized his unique orginal songs along side extremely diverse covers. These days he spreads his time between Tucson and the scenic harbour towns of Michigan's Gold coast.
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pete steinberg Saturday 3:00 – La Cocina
I teach fingerstyle Guitar at McCabe's guitar shop in Santa Monica Ca and have won state championships in Wyoming, Utah, California and Arizona. I play everything from the Mississippi Delta to Eastern Kentucky. I cut off two fingers in a saw in 1999, but they are sewn on and ready to go. I'm here to give you a good time and I'll show you anything I know.
Po the Band Saturday 6:00 – Museum
Po the Band is the organic musical creation of Tom 'Po' Privett. Po writes songs from the heart, with an emphasis on social and musical harmony with a touch of humor. With a collective of some favorite local musical talent and all original songwriting and arrangement, this homegrown band promises to take you on a joyful musical adventure.
Púca Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
Púca was the name of Claire's cat, but it is now the name of the duo of Dave Firestine and Claire Zucker. We play sparkling instrumental tunes, and songs of love and lust. We will struggle mightily to play music appropriate for this great folk festival.
Rebekah Rolland Trio Saturday 5:30 – Plaza
Featuring award-winning Americana songwriting, fiddling, and guitar, Rebekah Rolland has performed across the country from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion. Joining her is Ryan Green (of Ryanhood) on guitar and vocals and her husband, Matt Rolland (of Run Boy Run), on fiddle. The trio will be performing original songs written for Rebekah's 2016 National Parks Artist-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska, featured on her forthcoming album.
Reverie the Band Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
Reverie joins beautifully crafted songwriting, creative arrangements, and rich vocal harmonies with a style that reflects roots of jazz and blues, folk and rock, and that most essential element; a deep seasoning of life experience and wonder! Reverie is Lane Harmon ("Merle" from Street Pajama), Roger King (vocals/bass/guitar/ukulele/drums), Tom Dukes (vocals/guitar/ukulele), Brian Corkill (bass/vocals/drums), and most recently, Tucson's (and New York's) violinist extraordinaire, Heather Hardy!
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The Robby Roberson Band Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
The Robby Roberson Band delivers original musical stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow, all set against a backdrop of the various instruments that are played with skill and passion. Robby’s songwriting and vocal style create an organic acoustic music flavor that is enhanced by diverse and dynamic rhythms and grooves.
Roman Barten-Sherman Saturday 3:00 – Presidio
Fourteen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been playing Delta Blues guitar since the age of four. His repertoire draws from the deep vernacular of artists such as Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, Blind Blake and Skip James. His performance history includes opening support for David Bromberg Quintet, Bobby Rush and John Mayall at the Rialto Theater and frequent bookings at The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Hotel Congress.
Romen Buffalo and The Loyal Order Sunday 4:30 – Museum
Hailing from the Sonoran Desert, Romen Buffalo & The Loyal Order is from Phoenix, AZ. The pack consists of “Romen Buffalo” on guitar and vocals, “Paddy Bison” pickin’ on banjo and guitar, “Scotty Steer” jamming on dobro, “Marconias the Bull” on mandolin, and “Smokey Joe El Toro” keeping the bottom end on upright bass. Collectively they are five bovines that enjoy playing stringed instruments and combining their talents to collaborate on roots-based music.
Ron Pandy Saturday 2:00 – Presidio
Poignant to hilarious, and always profoundly engaging, Ron's handcrafted songs reflect the world and all its foibles.
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Roon Saturday 1:00 – Museum
Socorro's good-time folk rock trio! With Johnny Dean on guitar, bass & vocals, Ronna Kalish on keyboard, guitar, harmonica, vocals and whatever else suits her fancy, and Jim Ruff on mandolin, bass, ukulele & vocals.
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RuffMixx Sunday 3:00 – Presidio
Kevin McConnell and Peter Ott team up for an exciting blend of tall tales and unusual songs. Kevin is the master at getting every nuance of pathos and empathy from his vast musical collection. Peter’s musical accompaniment is the icing on the cake. Toe tapping, honky tonk acoustic country blues.
Saguaro Sunset Trio Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
Saguaro Sunset Trio was formed in 2014 . Easy listening Bluegrass, Country, Folk make this Trio fun. JoAnn Shifflet provides wonderful lead vocals combined with harmony. JoAnn is proficient at playing many acoustic instruments. Arlene Tomlinson gives the Trio a steady bass beat coupled with a fantastic smile!! Jim Sanchez plays lead rhythm guitar with strong lead vocals & harmony. Our goal is to entertain you and give you music that is a listener's delight.
Sandy Hathaway Sunday 1:30 – Patio
Sandy Hathaway’s songs reach back in time and deliver stories that touch the heart. With her delightful delivery, Sandy Hathaway live performances are engaged with emotion and expression.The vivid descriptions and metaphors that add texture and soul to the story. Her songs are eclectic mixing rock, blues,folk,jazz and country. Sandy studied classical guitar and studied vocal before recording her CDs. Her voice sounds like a blend of Dar Williams and Patty Griffin’s. 2016 Songwriter's Finalist.
Sid Hausman Sunday 3:30 – Plaza
SID HAUSMAN is a singer songwriter of cowboy tales and western lore, performing at schools, National Parks, Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Bluegrass/Folk Festivals. Dubbed one of the "most heard" contempory western artists (Western Music Association), he was invited to perform four times at the Edinburgh Folk Festival in Scotland. With an early performing bluegrass background, Sid is a strong and varied instrumentalist playing banjo, Dobro, guitar,ukulele, harmonica and bones.
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Sister Solace Sunday 6:30 – Plaza
Sister Solace is a thirteen piece vocal harmony group with direction and arrangements by local musician Gabrielle Pietrangelo. The group draws from American folk traditions with a few originals thrown in. The beauty of their harmonies is featured with minimal accompaniment on guitar and standup bass. Although Sister Solace has only been singing together for two years, the group has recently released a recording and has continued to bring in a large crowd at their seasonal performance in Tucson.
Sophia Rankin Sunday 5:30 – Plaza
Some of my favorite memories are from my experiences at the Tucson Folk Festival, and it is one of my favorite events to participate in. I have recently begun performing with my talented friend Inge Pham-Swann who plays violin and sings with me, and my wonderful friend Tom Carpenter who accompanies me on vocal and guitar. From covers to my originals, we cover a wide variety of genres that include (but are not limited to) folk, country, pop, rock, alternative, and indie rock.
Southbound Pilot Saturday 2:30 – Museum
Six friends from Tucson playing an eclectic mix of tight, soulful,folksy Americana. Good hooks and sweet harmonies.
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Steven Graves Band Sunday 3:30 – La Cocina
The Steven Graves Band returns again this year all the way from Santa Cruz CA. This all original Americana group released their 7th CD this year "Captain Soul" and has been touring throughout the Westcoast and delighting audiences with their brand of socially conscious roots music! A bit of Grateful Dead meets the Eagles and lots more!
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String Bean Folk Orchestra Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
The String Bean Folk Orchestra is a unique ensemble comprised of local musicians who have come together to perform folk tunes and songs arranged for a large ensemble. Performing on fiddles, viola, mandolins, mandocello, bass, clarinet, and whistle, we showcase a wide variety of folk traditions including American fiddle tunes, Irish, Cajun, Klezmer, and more! More fun than you can imagine.
Swingset Saturday 3:30 – Museum
Swingset is an acoustic jazz, soul and blues trio featuring, Rich Nordenberg-bass, Matt Cuthbertson-guitar and Connie Brannock-vocals and percussion. Lori Fraesdorf joins us on piano and vocals when we play as a quartet. Swingset's music has a lot of energy and groove without creating excessive volume.
tammy west Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
hopeful, melancholy Americana
Tara Somerville Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
"It's a long way to the Bronx from Tribeca! But we eat and do our homework..." Tara’s songs are inspired as much by long subway rides as by silent snowfalls in the sagebrush. She moved to Taos, NM from NYC in 2005. She started started writing her own songs during a stint as an earthship caretaker. An elementary grades music teacher, bringing community together in song is one of her greatest joys and she always infuses her shows with at least a couple sing-along songs.
Tari Tenace Saturday 1:00 – Presidio
It has been a few moons since Tari has performed at our Tucson Folk Festival and she is thrilled to be back. Her rocky-folky songs tell her story, as well as the story of a few others.... She has had the honor of playing with many local musicians as they weave their original sounds together creating a unique and flavorful musical experience.
Teodoro Ted Ramirez Sunday 6:00 – Plaza
The music of Teodoro "Ted" Ramirez is a celebration of Southwest culture. His repertoire is authentic consisting of original songs, classic Mexican and American folk songs – beautifully rich with sound and originality.
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Tiffany Christopher Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
Tiffany Christopher’s One-Woman-Band show is all about breaking the rules and bringing her raw creativity and passion to every beat. The show features her mesmerizing skills at building complex and wonderful arrangements of her songs on the fly. Combining her vocals with kick drum, high hat, guitar, ukulele, piano, loops & effects, she takes her fans to a place that's edgy, fun, beautiful & mind-blowing. It’s hard to believe such complex and varied sound & arrangement is coming from one person.
Tin Can Tourists Sunday 1:00 – Presidio
Tin Can Tourists are peddlers of thoughtful, literate borderland folk. Emily Roux (voice and mandolin) and Gregor Wingard (voice and guitar) are a real life married couple from Bisbee, Arizona, and their music is grown in its canyon, influenced by the miners, outlaws, and wild women who have called the southwest their home for centuries.
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Titan Valley Warheads Saturday 6:30 – Museum
The Warheads have been their unique blend of bluegrass and western swing around Tucson for over 30 years. Come give 'em a listen!
The Ukesters Saturday 1:30 – Presidio
The Ukesters are a senior group of ukulele players. A fun atmosphere of soprano, concert, tenor, baritone and a bass ukuleles. A serious group of musicians on fun directed trip to Folk and beyond!
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Uncommon Folk Saturday 12:30 – Museum
Uncommon Folk is back with a new look and a new sound. Joining original Uncommoners Brad Herbert and Alan Clark are new Folkers Billy Yates, former guitarist with the Outlaws (yes, those Outlaws); Mark Ryan, bassist with many local bands; and on drums, multi-instrumentalist and frequent collaborator with Cameron Hood of Ryanhood, Alan Voelkel. We play a great mix of Bluegrass and Americana with strong rock and blues sensibilities. You're going to want to bring your dancing shoes.
Vicky Smith and Ric Volante Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
This is an Americana duo from Arizona. She's a classically trained singer who crosses over to country, folk and western music. He's a string wizard who honed his chops in bluegrass and country rock bands. Together they sing in bold, tight harmony, trading licks on guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and fiddle.
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Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky Sunday 5:00 – Plaza
Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky are one unique band! Together they have created a unique sound that is part folk but fused with elements of jazz, rock and Americana, which they have come to describe as folk fusion. Featuring songwriter and front man Wally Lawder on vocals and guitar or ukulele, Suzy Ronstadt and Kathy Harris on backing vocals, Tom Potter on percussion and Jim Dumbauld on bass. Sit back and listen to evocative lyrics. Get up and do a happy dance. Laugh or cry, but please enjoy!
Way Out West Saturday 6:30 – Plaza
Way Out West defines themselves as a "Bordergrass Band".. a blend of Cowboy Swing, Bluegrass and Mexican Border music. Each Tucson Folk Festival they invite special musician friends to join them to create a unique musical experience for the Folk Fest, so they can all improvise outside the normal arrangements of the songs they've written. Come hear this year's mystery guests and experience a sonic journey to ....
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Wayback Machine Sunday 5:00 – Museum
The Wayback Machine is a band that plays covers of tunes not usually covered. This year we expect to be doing tunes from our Not Hardly Strictly Bluegrass show.
WomanSong Sunday 5:30 – Patio
WomanSong is one of Tucson's premier female vocal ensembles. Pure and sweet vocal harmonies from Linda Rothchild and Grace Hartman and one of Tucson's hottest multi-instrumentalists, Mark Holdaway of Baba Marimba. Their music is full of warmth and life, joy and happiness, tenderness and fire. Come out and enjoy some of your old favorites done up in WomanSong's signature arrangements.,
The Woolley Dawgs Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
Hailing from Tucson Arizona, The Woolley Dawgs are a quintet of musicians who play a diverse blend of folk, rootsy Americana, and laid back to energetic interpretations of music from the SF bay area back in the 60s and 70s. Their distinctive two guitar sound is anchored with singing bass lines, a high/lonesome fiddle, earthy vocal harmonies, and spirited percussion. They play songs to drink to, dance to, and to get tails a waggin'. Come howl with us!
World Winds Saturday 12:30 – Presidio
"World Winds," provides a showcase of folk-based music using authentic instruments from around the globe. Kathi Huhtaluhta along with her group "World Winds" perform contemporary and traditional music styles from Finland, Hungary,Turkey and Spain. Kathi introduces a vocal style that brings a Sami/Lapland- influence to her music. She also composes and sings in a variety of other languages.
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