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May 10, 2017: Tim Kendrick recapitulates, "There will be a convention of XTC fans the weekend of Sept 15-17, 2017, town of Swindon, in the UK. Friday night and Saturday events will be held at the Southbrook Inn pub, Southbrook St, Swindon. Sunday will be a coach/bus trip to the Uffington White Chalk Horse (seen on cover of English Settlement). There will be an Open Mic evening, Walking Tour of Town Centre, Quiz, Panel Discussion, Tribute Acts and much more. Complainers need not attend. Tickets are £27.50 (non-refundable). All tickets must be purchased in advance. We recommend the Jury's Inn, a 5-minute walk from the train station and about a 15-18 minute walk to the convention spot, with a 20% group discount rate, ask for discount code."
March 26, 2017: A long time ago, in a library far far away (well, Swindon, actually), a shy schoolboy who loved books, but was a slow reader, borrowed three science fiction books per week. He didn't read them. Instead, mesmerised by the covers, he imagined his own stories to match the cover paintings which he stared at intently for hours. His response was to record a sort of soundtrack to the paintings which had been so inspirational to him. The resulting album conjures, via 12 enigmatic pieces akin to a virtual Musique concrete (with the computer/editing process replacing the more cumbersome scissors/tape method), a musical accompaniment to the variety of alien landscapes which Richard M. Powers illustrated so profusely.

Now a much sought after album, A.J Partridge's album Powers has been reissued as a mid-price jewel cased CD with 12 pages of sleeve notes and illustrations by long-time Ape House sleeve artist Andrew Swainson.

Ape House News

September 29, 2017: BLACK SEA now in 5.1
March 8, 2017: POWERS RETURNED
December 3, 2016: XTC SHIRTS AU GO GO
October 17, 2016: SKYLARKING NOW IN 5.1
June 10, 2016: BACK TO VOLUPTUOUS VINYL

Chalkhills is a web resource dedicated to XTC (the now defunct band). Peruse Chalkhills to find a wealth of information about XTC, their music and recordings, and much more.

Chalkhills was created by me, John Relph, and is infrequently updated (I am often busy with other things) so check back often. Chalkhills was the longest extant XTC mailing list, created in April 1989 as an offshoot of the venerable Love-Hounds list and killed off (in a bizarre kitchen accident, of course) in August 2014. Chalkhills is the longest extant XTC web site, first hacked together in May 1994, although FTP archives were first made available in April 1991.

Other News

October 7
Terry Arnett wrote to say, “Just thought I'd let you know that Fossil Fools appears to be an ongoing thing again now.” And are “… officially endorsed by Dave Gregory.”
July 30
As a big fan of Nonsuch and an enthusiast bass player, Florian Decros decided to transcribe the bass parts of all the songs from the record. (Non, you're not seeing double.)
July 23
As a big fan of Skylarking and an enthusiast bass player, Florian Decros decided to transcribe the bass parts of all the songs from the record.

Recent Site Updates

October 23, 2017: Press - "Partridge Tweets: XTC (xtcfans)", Twitter (2014-)
October 1, 2017: Discography - Steven Wilson: To The Bone; Songs - Mike Keneally: "I'm Raining Here, Inside"
September 30, 2017: Discography - TC&I: Great Aspirations, Geoffrey Downes & Christopher Braide: Skyscraper Souls – DBA3

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