The X-File (No.27) - March 1998

March was a thin month by the usual standards: only 18 tunes to choose from, of which both Royal methods get through and the BGW Maximus method gets left a long, long way behind. D. Sibsonís efforts had to be stripped down to just one although others could have been included (such as Oistins and Etang) had there been space. Itís quality, not quantity, though, and this month had plenty of the former. Letís see.

Method

lh

FCH

Rung at

On

Conductor

Pg

Wolstanton

c1

Bc (out)

Coleshill

24/1/98

D Mottershead

233

Ivory

d

B

Barrow Gurney

18/2/98

A J Cox

234

Mai

e

Gac

Bushey

23/2/98

R Baldwin

260

Stortford

k1

E (in) Ba1c (out)

Bishops Stortford

21/2/98

R leMarechal

260

Byrneley

G

BEOcd

Burnley

20/2/98

G H Campling

286

Carriacou

k

BOc

Meldreth

19/2/98

D E Sibson

310

Wolstanton Surprise Royal : x3x4x5x6x278x38x4x7.4.58.4.9 lh12

Wolstanton has a surprisingly unused back-work: Cambridge until 3rds place bell gets to 78 where it dodges and turns around leaving 5ths and 7ths place bells to carry on dodging at the back. Down on the front everyone rings Yorkshire with a bit of wrong hunting on 4 across the half-lead by 4 coursing bells - roll-ups blah blah blah. I know these ideas are, as such, not very new, but they are musical and easy to ring. If I keep on long enough, the word might get round about whatís good and whatís not so good, and the ĎWhy Botherí award shall be a thing of the past.

Ivory Surprise Major : 3x3.6x56x6x2x3.56x34.8 lh12

Like a pint of Smiles Exhibition, Tony Cox always provides something to look forward to and Ivory is this monthís offering. Itís Sonning above the treble and has a work below that will challenge the most concentrated of bands. Course bells (eg. 78) get together no fewer than 8 times each in 12 and 78, and 4 times each in 34 and 56, giving masses of scope for music with the relatively trivial matter of B falseness to work around. For those who fancy something different, difficult and extremely musical, try this!

Mai Delight Major : x5x4.5x56.3x4x1x4x3 lh12

This is really easy and really pretty - just like the name! A Bristol start with another point thrown in when the trebleís in 34 fixes the back-work and everything else is right-place. The music at the half-lead is not so inspiring, but what is clever is what appears just either side with a couple of 5678s off the front in the plain course and changes such as 87345621 coming in at the snap. The G falseness turns out to be pretty tame although the ubiquitous BYROC got in there this time - come on Roger! You can do better than that!

Stortford Delight Royal : x56x4x256x3x2x1x6x67x6x7 lh10

As was Mai, Stortford is appealing in its elegance. Cornwall work above and basically plain hunting below with a dodge at the half-lead. Stucturally thatís about all there is to say. The E falseness (32465 and 43265 against the plain course) means that the coursing orders any half-decent composer will want in their peal: 53246, 64235, 35642, 24653 etc. will be mutually true, although 6-5 pundits will have to sacrifice the plain course to satisfy their evil addiction - horror!

Byrneley Surprise Major : 36x56.4.5x5.36.4x4.3.6.34.6.5 lh18

I assume this was the correct spelling (given the usual pronunciation) - two versions appeared in the write-up. Byrneley is a rather curious cocktail of Glasgow (above), London, and Bristol and works quite well. You gain just one roll-up **78 off the front over Glasgow, but with the additional benefit of a more fluid blue-line achieved by taking out most of the internal places. Byrneley shall be a challenge to the best of ringers, but a worthwhile escape from the shackles of standard fayre.

Carriacou Surprise Major : x5x4.5x5.36x2x25x36x18 lh18

Lastly this month comes Carriacou by the Sibbo Youths. Call me stupid, but I canít locate a reference for the name Iím afraid. Sounds like some kind of Cambridgeshire mating call known only to Meldreth passers-by on Friday evenings. Anyway, with Bristol above and roll-up opportunities numbering 4 in every lead, who cares what itís called?! The k order of work keeps things going, but within each lead the work is a bit static and untidy somehow. However, quite how the x2x25x bit of the notation might be taken out is for the next review - perhapsÖ.

This file is now closed.

"MOLDY"



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