BREAKWATER – The New Edition

Cello player Jeff Faragher does not need an introduction. He is probably the best known professional musician in the Kootenays. He is the musical director and conductor of the Symphony of the Kootenays. He is a classical cello soloist and teacher of the first order as well as a performer in number of classical  chamber music configurations. And, if that is not enough he the driving force behind a “celtic mish-mash” called Breakwater. This group plays in a somewhat  Celtic style but, in Jeff’s own words, it is “a mish-mash” of everything from traditional fiddle music, classical, jazz, pop, film music and pretty well anything musical that comes to hand. Over the past two years the group has toured the region extensively. First in a configuration that included Aurora Smith on violin; Jeff Faragher on cello; Ben Johnson on drums and percussion and Rob Fahie on double bass. This was a tight, exciting and well balanced performing unit.  That was last year and, of course, as always, things move on. Aurora moved to Victoria; rehearsal travel became an issue for Ben (he lives on the remote east shore of Kootenay Lake); Jeff is now splitting  his time between Nelson and Calgary, and Rob, although still available, has a number of other projects on the go. To keep the “mish-mash” mix bubbling Jeff has enlisted the aid of two top flight Calgary  musicians. James Desautels has taken over the fiddle chair. James is a full time professional musician and teacher with many, many  years experience in a multitude of circumstances and geographical locations including residency in Austin, Texas. Similarly, Rob Maciak is also a full time professional musicians and is best known as a percussionist and teacher. He is currently on the faculty of Mount Royal College in Calgary. Although, in Breakwater Rob plays drums and percussion, he is also an outstanding classical performer on tuned percussion (tympani, chimes, marimba and the like). He performs as a marimba soloist in classical symphony orchestras. He will be the featured soloist with the Symphony of Kootenays this fall performing Neg Rosaaro’s Concerto #1 for Marimba and Strings.

There is an old notion that classical musicians cannot play outside the box. That may have been true sixty or more years ago but now that is no longer the case. Often a sound formal music education is a basis to move onto the exploration of a whole plethora of musical options. A quick research of the resume any number of of top flight musicians will reveal an extra ordinary number who have formal academic and performance  credentials out the ying-yang. All musicians in this ensemble would fall into that category. This new incarnation of Breakwater is different from the first edition. For a starter it is a trio rather than a quartet and while it does not have the mellow polish of the first edition it does have more of an edge and a higher entertainment quotient. The current repertoire draws from the same arrangements and sources but with a few more entertainment  motifs thrown in for good measure. The “mish-mash” of Bach’s Jesu of Man’s Desire overlaid on top of the the old classical soprano tear jerker  Ave Marie is still there to give new life to a couple of classical staples as  the trio seamlessly slides into the old fiddle tune The Ash Plant. Other songs and tunes  during the evening included Jeff Faragher’s version of the maritime ballad  Song of the Mira coupled with the fiddle tune Stolen Apples; Jeff’s version of this ballad is probably one of the best around. James Desautels did more than justice to the old American fiddle show pieces The Orange Blossom Special, The Arkansas Traveler and  The Soldiers Joy  and a series of waltzes that included the Tennessee Waltz and the Shannon Waltz. As promised, the evening’s “mish-mash” contained a little bit of everything from Beethoven through some fiddle tunes in 7/8; Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and Running Through Tall Grass; Natalie McMaster’s Volcanic Jig; the traditional Southern Song There is more Love and my all time favorite fiddle tune The Pelican Reel. It was quite a night of good food, good cheer and great entertainment and one that I hope will be repeated at some time in the not too distant future. Here are some images from the night.


Heidi Khani – road manager



Dave Prinn – Troubadour

Dave Prinn at the Heid Out in Cranbrook, July 21, 2016, 7pm

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In the Middle Ages the term Troubadour was applied to singers of lyrical love poetry. Of course in this current era of sex and lust it is a term that can longer be applied to any performer. The nearest modern day equivalent to the ancient troubadours is the modern day “singer/song writer”. There was a time during the sixties and 70’s when that gave rise to some sterling material. The likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the Beatles may never be equaled. Since the creative hey day of that era I think the quality of material has gone some what into decline. There is till some original and interesting material out there but by and large singer/song writers with a modest amount of technical proficiency are a dime a dozen. Usually they are modestly talented performers looking for their big break into the entertainment industry. Although Dave does write the occasional song that is not his forte. He is not really a singer/song writer in the classic sense. To my mind he is an interpreter of the music that is all around us. In this day and age that is mostly classic rock and folk / rock.  He brings to the stage a huge repertoire of material that he manages to re-interpret, re-fashion and re-create into his own personal mix. He works hard at his craft and it showed on Thursday evening when the old musical gems of the recent past absolutely sparkled with his personal stamp. Having said all that he did kick off the night with his original Going Round in Circles before he settled into an evening that included Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), Drift Away, Ahead by a Century (The Tragically Hip), Better Think Twice (Poco), With a Little Help from my Friends (The Beatles), Angel Eyes (Jeff Healey), Gong to be Home Soon (Crowded House), The Ballad of John and Yoko (The Beatles), and that is just a taste of what was in the first set. Always the consummate professional Dave only took a few short breaks throughout an evening of music that stretched from 7pm to 10 pm. Here are a few more images from a night of sterling music.

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The Jocelyn Pettit Band at the HeidOut

The Jocelyn Pettit Band at the HeidOut July 7, 2016, 7:30pm

This was a surprise engagement. Normally the LJO plays at the HeidOut on the first Thursday of the month but due to some health issues they cancelled their regular gig. The Jocelyn Pettit Band  was on their way from Fernie to Nelson so they were offered the opportunity to fill in for the LJO. This band from Squamish features Jocelyn Pettit (Fiddle and Stepdancing), Joel Pettit ( Bodhran, Cajon), Siew Wan Choo (Keyboard, fiddle), Colm MacCarthaigh (Guitar and Vocals) and Erik Musseau (Irish Whistles and Vocals). Although I had been in touch with Jocelyn by email the previous week but this gig was such a last minute thing I almost missed out. I received a phone call from a buddy at 8pm letting me know they were playing at the HeidOut. I managed to catch their last set. This was a straight up mix of music from across the Celtic World. I wasn’t organized enough to write down their set list but there were lots of fiddle tunes, songs, Cape Breton style piano, Step Dancing and, of course, Low Whistle tunes. This is a very polished band and I am looking forward to their return. Here are some images from the evening.

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There were two really nice guitars on stage; A mid-1980s Larrivee with some fancy inlay on the head stock and the characteristic cut away of that make of guitar. Colm was playing a custom hand built guitar by James Goodall of Fort Bragg in California.

Also thank you Heidi for adjusting the positioning of the lights to improve my photography of the event


St. Patrick’s Day “in” The Oak Republic

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The Oak Republic at the Heid Out, Tuesday March 17, 2015 (St. Patrick’s Day) 6:30 to when ever.

St. Patrick is reputed to have converted pagan Ireland to Christianity. If he did that then it is kind of ironic that the life of this Christian Saint is celebrated with a day of bachanalian  frivolity.  St. Pat never made it to The Oak Republic but given half a chance he would have been right at home. Where is the Oak Republic? Well it isn’t actually a place, maybe it’s more a state of mind that exists in the imagination of a musical collective  The Oak Republicknown as The Oak Republic. OAK REPUBLIC?? Where did that name come from? As it turns out the band’s Bouzouki player Shawn Robertson is a big admirer of the great Canadian guitarist Don Ross. Don is famous for his aggressive finger style playing that has been labelled “Heavy Wood”. Considering the nature of the band’s music “Heavy Wood” would seem an appropriate name for the band but, in deference to Don, the band moved on looking for another name. “What’s a significant heavy wood. Let’s see; say what about Oak? Now that’s a step in the right direction. What’s a name for a collection of citizens? How about a Republic? By George Jay, you’ve got it. The OAK REPUBLIC is what we are.” Under that name Jay Toner (guitar, vocals), Allyson Blake (fiddle and vocals), Shawn Robertson (guitars, mandolin, vocals and Irish Bouzouki), Murph Martin (electric 5-string bass) and John Seiga perform music of both the old and new worlds. It is a folk/rock based ensemble with a touch of “the olde Irish” in the mix. In honor of the day’s celebration the band kicked off the evening with The Wild Rover, Whiskey in the Jar, and the Pogues re-invention of Ewan McColl’s classic Dirty Old Town. And that was just the beginning. It was a night of frivolity, fun and some great old tunes.  Here are some images from the night.

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Kitchen Party at the Heid Out – “The lads are back”

The Kitchen Party at the Heidout, hosted by Angus MacDonald and Angus Liedtke, Sunday December 21, 2014, 5pm.

 HeadersAngus MacDonald (fiddle) and Angus Liedtke (vocals, guitar, harmonica) are two young Cranbrook musicians who, in the fall, headed down east to  Angus MacDonaldHolland College in Prince Edward island. Their quest was for more education and work related skills for a career in music and business. Naturally at Christmas they wanted to be back here it town to celebrate the season amongst friends and family. Part of the planned celebrations was a Angus Liedtke KITCHEN PARTY at the Heidout in Cranbrook. That was just an excuse to gather together their musical friends and have some fun. The night was kicked off by LEATHER BRITCHES (Angus MacDonald – fiddle; Will Nicholson – guitar and Rod Wilson – Irish Bouzouki) reprising some of their standard repertoire that included The Dr Shaw Set, and The Graduation Set.  Angus Liedtke had spent the last four months polishing his song writing skills and judging from his first set it has been time well spent . What a Sorrow  – a song about an old couple who lived in the woods and one day the wife dies and the old man has to bury her and deal with his grief; Pack of Cigarettes – a friend’s experience with heartbreak; You gave it your Best – a song about Louis Riel that started out as a song writing challenge by a friend.  From there on the music just flowed from  Steven Knowles (guitar and vocals), Blake Nowicki (electric guitar and vocals) and Justice Jones (guitar and vocals).

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Angus Mac and Angus L were not the only lads back in town. Young country musician Connor Foote has been away for a while and he was back in town to hook up with his his musical compadre Clayton Parsons. They played  a bracket of tunes from the good ol’ days in their band Gold Creek. Clayton had recently turned his hand to building guitars and now has also started playing the dobro (such a sweet sound).

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After the young lads it was time for the “old” guys to add some of their solo performances to the evening. Tom Bungay, (guitar and vocals) pulled some songs from his immense standard repertoire; Mark Casey (guitar and vocals) obliged with some songs that included a special request for a Kinks song. Rod Wilson (cittern and vocals) obliges with some new tunes fresh from the press (so to speak) that included the Malachi Set (Malachi / Bondi Junction / The Heid Out), some older tunes (The Train Set – Come by Chance / The Train Stops Here / Sad Arrival on the Orient Express) and for good measure and old Irish ballad The Nightingale.

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The two hosts returned to the stage to round out the evening. Angus Liedtke cruised though one song, Dressed in Red, in an imaginative Mexican scenario with his girlfriend before finishing up his set with with Hearts of Fire and This Old Bed (an ode to high school days in Cranbrook). Angus MacDonald set the place on fire with a bracket of extended tunes that he has gleaned from the traditional music sessions in PEI. The first set included Gordon Duncan’s Tune / Christy Crowley’s / Superfly; the second set Marie Hughes Jig (from Tim Chaisson) / Dan Collins Farther’s Jig / Don MacKinnon’s Reel / and a reel from Brenda Stubbert. The not too gentle rhythmic stamp of feet that accompanied this bracket of tunes was a real joy to hear.

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Before he leaves town Angus MacDonald will be back with more down east fiddle music with Leather Britches at the Heid Out on January 9, 2015 6:30 pm.



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As promised Leather Britches returned to the Heid Out on January 9, 2015, 6:30 – 9:30 pm for some more down- east fiddle music prior to Angus MacDonald’s return to PEI for the spring semester at Holland College. Here a couple of images of William Nicholson and Angus from the evening:

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Vested Interests in The Heid Out

No, this is not a financial report. Vested Interests is the folk/rock (or something like that) group who performs regularly at The Heid Out in Cranbrook. I suppose, true to their name, they do have a vested interest in the place. The better they perform the more likely patrons will be happy and the band will continue to be invited back. The original Vested Interests was Dave Prinn on vocals and guitars, and Bill Renwick, also on vocals and guitars. Brian Noer has joined to group to fill out the vocal harmonies and add some tasty licks on lead guitar.

Vested Interests at the Heid Out in Cranbrook, September 12, 2014, live music until 11pm.

What can I say that I haven’t said before. I arrived late after taking in the Daniel Champagne show at the Studio / Stage Door but I was amply rewarded with some great sounds as the group played right through to 11pm. Always keep the Heid Out in mind for great food, great beer and great music. This coming Friday (September 26, 2014 6:30pm) will feature OUT OF MIND – THE MUSIC OF JAMES NEVE with Lonesome Jim on vocals, guitars and effects and percussionist Juan Havana…… Be there. Here are some images from the Heid Out’s Friday show. Vested InterestsBrian Noer    Bill Renwick    Brian Noer Dave Prinn     Guitars of Vested Interests


Oye Coma Va (“Listen to How My Rhythm Goes”)

The Little Jazz Orchestra Latin Night at the Heid Out September 4, 2014, 6:30 pm

The New Orlean’s  creole Jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton called it the “Spanish Tinge”. Dizzy Gillespies called it Afro-Cuban; the Brazilians called it Bossa Nova; on the New York dance scene it is called Salsa and off to the side the West African musicians call it Rumba. So even from the earliest days Latin music has had a profound and ongoing influence on jazz and music though out the world. So, for the Little Jazz Orchestra (LJO) (Dave Ward – trumpet, Janice Nicili – electric bass, Jim Cameron – guitar, Graham Knipfel – drums) it was fertile ground for one of their themed nights at The Heid Out. With the addition of Sven Heyde and Rod Wilson on congas and percussion the LJO became their picante counter part, The Latin Jazz Orchestra. Their goal for the evening was to explore the Latin  Jazz repertiore and have a whole bag full of fun. In deference to an ongoing business meeting downstairs the band (minus some of the percussion) kicked off the evening with a number of “Latin Lite” tunes that included Morning of the Carnival (Luiz Bonfa’s theme from the 1959 movie Black Orpheus) and Michael Bubble’s hit Sway. The second set kicked off with an extended percussion jam before settling down to the serious business of playing some classic tunes. The tunes included Chick Corea’s Morning  and Sea Journey; Freddie Hubbard’s Little Sun Flower; Antonio (Tom) Carlos Jobim’s  Corcovada and Triste; Sergio Mendes’ Mas Que Nada; Luis Alberti’s famous Merengue Campadro Pedro Juan; Duke Jordon’s Flight to Jordon; the marvelous theme from The Bona Vista Social Club, Chan Chan and last, but not least Tito Puente’s 1963 recording classic Oye Coma Va that later became the 1970 Carlos Santana’s rock classic. The names of the tunes may not be that well known but I am sure that the melodies rang more than a few bells. It was a marvelous night of picante music with all the musicians in top form and obviously having a load of fun as well.

Just in case the tunes aren’t that well known here are a couple of YouTub links  Carlos Santana’s Oye Coma Va  , Tito Punte’s Oye Coma Va  , Freddie Hubbard’s original version of Little Sun Flower , Tito Puente’s version of Flight to Jordon  (check out Giovanni Hidalgo’s conga playing),and the great samba beat of Sergio Mendes Mas Que Nada and the theme from the Bona Vista Social Club  Chan Chan

Not many photos I afraid. I was too busy playing percussion:Dave Ward   Janice Nicli  206. Janice Nicli                302. Graham Knipfel  Graham Knipfel         402. Sven Heyde

And Dave Ward “greasing the wheels”Dave WardIn case you haven’t noticed the sound in The Heid Out has been improved with the installation of “sonic baffles” (I don’t know what they are called) high on the walls.


The Billy Manzik Blitzkrieg

Billy Manzik

This time it was way different.Two years ago Billy came though town with an upright slap bass player to do a single gig in a local pub. There were less than a dozen people in attendance. This time Billy came though and blew the doors off just about every where he played. A total of six local engagements in four days. Two band gigs at the Byng, a solo gig at the Burito Grill in Kimberley; two outdoor performances in Rotary Park in Cranbook and a duo performance at The Heid Out  (also in Cranbrook). And, oh, there was quick side trip to Spokane to play a bikers bar. Needless to say by day four he was getting somewhat tired.

  • Thursday July 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm: BILLY MANZIK  at the Burrito Grill in Kimberley
  •   Saturday August 2, 2014 11am-2pm and 7-10pm – BILLY MANZIK , at Rotary Park in Cranbrook.
  • Friday August 1, Saturday August 2, 2014, 9:30 to closing: BILLY MANZIK at the Byng Roadhouse in Cranbrook.
  • Sunday August 3, 2014, 6-8:30pm: BILLY MANZIK at the Heid Out in Cranbrook
  • and a side trip for an engagement in spokane


Billy Manzik (vocal, guitar and harmonica) is originally from the “Canadian Heartland”, ie Thunder Bay, Ontario. The urban myth claims that “the Blues Highway” (US Route 61) starts in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Thunder Bay. Although not strictly true (the highway doesn’t quite make it to Thunder Bay) there is enough truth in the notion for us to believe that the classic blues tradition did travel all the way and become lodged in the musical traditions of that Canadian outpost. Bob Dylan travelled both ways on Highway 61 and performed north of the border bringing more Americiana traditions into the mix . Thunder Bay may have been the Canadian end of “the Blues Highway” and yet, in another sense, it was the beginning of yet another highway heading west to Winnipeg and Calgary and eventually all the way down to California. It is the road travelled by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to everlasting fame and fortune. Billy Manzik is the latest Canadian to follow that route. He started out in Thunder Bay and worked and performed in “The United States of Alberta” before heading down to California. Billy is a real road warrior and just looking at his itinerary is enough to exhaust mere mortals. This tour was one of his periodic Canadian visits. In this area he kicked off with a solo engagement in the Burrito Grill in Kimberley and, fortunately, he dropped into check out James Neve’s set at the Green Door. I was playing percussion for James and managed to worm my way into sitting in with Billy when he was to play The Heid Out. In exchanged I promised him a photo shoot of the gig. Billy had hired a couple of other musicians from Nelson and Vancouver to fill out the sound for a full on bar band gig at The Byng and the outdoor engagements at Rotary Park in Cranbrook. Billy’s music leans heavily on  country blues traditions. He has a voice that just fits the genre so well. His finger picking slide guitar playing is strong and so, so clean (no fret rattles here) that it is a perfect complement to his “blues harp”. He kicked off the Heid Out gig with That’s all Right Mama that owed nothing to the Elvis Presley version but was more in keeping with the original Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup version. From then out there was lots of blues and roots rock and roll tunes that included Who Do You Love?, Highway 61 (of course), Make me a Pallet on Your Floor, No Where to Run (by J.J.Cale), Bright Lights – Big City, Long Gone, Corrina (Taj Mahal), Helpless (Neil Young), Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry), Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, On the Road Again, an original song dedicated to Billy’s mother (a cancer survivor), a Gerry Garcia tune and last but not least  J.J.Cale’s classic The Breeze. It was a great evening of low keyed but intense music by an exceptional performer. Plus the fact that I got to take some great photos while I sat in on percussion. Here are some images from the evening.

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Here is a special treat – Billy Manzik on Highway 61

Special thanks should go to the Cranbrook and District Arts Council and Louie Cupello for organizing this series of events.


All Blues at the Heid Out

THE LITTLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE BLUES at the Heid Out in Cranbrook, Thursday July 3, 2014, 6pm.

Classical music may be the composer’s art, but not entirely. Jazz may be the performer’s  art, but, again, not entirely. I suppose it is just a question of degree. The rules are a little more rigid for the classical performer and in Jazz the performer can take a few more liberties at the composer’s expense. And, once again at their regular first Thursday of month gig, The Little Jazz Orchestra (LJO) goes about taking lots of liberties. This time it was with the blues. The bands regular musicians, Dave Ward (trumpet, fluegelhorn), Graham Knipfel (drums), Janice Nicli (this time on electric bass) and Jim Cameron (this time on Fender electric telecaster) “amped” up the music  for their special ramble through the blues repertoire. The night got off to a bit of a rough start with some electronic malfunctioning with Janice’s electric bass and as a result the Miles Davis 6/8 classic All Blues didn’t quite make it out of the gate. It was an unfortunate hiccup but the only one of the evening. With a different bass in hand Janice was back on deck for The St Louis Blues and a full blues drenched evening. As with Graham Barnesprevious themed nights the band enlisted the help of their jazzy friends. It was case of “double trouble” with Graham Barnes on electric guitar, joining Jim Cameron for the classic Kenny Burrell tune Chitlins Con Carne. It is not often we see two jazz guitars in a band line-up.There was also “double trouble” from the Knipfel clan when “Big Daddy” Murray Knipfel joined the band Big Daddy Murray Knipfelon stage for an opening salvo of vocals. Later in the evening Murray switched to tenor sax. Murray was not the only vocalist of the evening . Jim Cameron stepped up to the plate with Kansas City and Janice Nicli did her Jump Jive party piece. I think everybody was in the mix on Flip,Flop and Fly with some nice Telecaster slide from Jim Cameron.  In an appropriate nod to the cast and crew of  Calender Girls in the audience the band launched into a version of The Stripper. Other tunes served up included Georgia, Saint James Infirmary, Blues in the Night and a Dave Ward original dedicated to the Heid Out’s owner,  Heidi Romich, called (appropriately) Blues for Heidi. As luck would have it Laurel Ralston (trumpet) had just arrived back in the area and towards the end of the evening joined Dave and Murray on stage for a two trumpet / tenor sax line up that finally rode out the evening on Duke Ellington’s C Jam Blues.

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For those interested, check out the following YouTube links

Miles Davis ALL BLUES (audio only) from the classic 1959 album KIND OF BLUE

Kenny Burrell’s CHITLINS CON CARNE   this is from the classic 1963 Blue Note album Midnight Blue that featured Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Major Holley Jr on bass, Bill English on drums, Ray Barretto on congas and, of course Kenny Burrell on guitar. The blues don’t come much better than this.


SHEVA at the Heid Out

SHEVA – Van and Shelagh Redecopp  (Van on guitar and vocals, Shelagh on fiddle and vocals and guest Rod Wilson on cittern and percussion) at the Heid Out in Cranbrook, May 9, 2014 7:30-11:30pm.

This is not an impartial review of the night’s performance. I am completely biased. I admit it that SHEVA is one of my favorite musical groups and THE HEID OUT is one of my favorite hangouts. So put the two together and the combination is unbeatable. Great food, great beer and great ambience plus an opportunity to play back up percussion for SHEVA. What more could I want? It definitely was a great night with lots of joy and great tunes. The cream on the jellied donut or the drizzle on the Cheesecake was when ‘Gus’ MacDonald stepped out of the audience and borrowed Shelagh’s Fiddle to rip through some Cape Breton styled fiddle tunes. I was ecstatic about the evening, Hedi Romich (the owner) on looking over the full house and the appreciative audience was grinning from ear to ear. Days later the staff were quizzing me about “who was that  fantastic young fiddle player”  and when was SHEVA returning for a repeat engagement? – very soon I hope. Here are just a couple of images from the night. I was too busy trying to keep up with the band and Gus MacDonald to spend much time taking photos.

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