19 minutes | May 15, 2023
Carbaretta Bartland on Ringing Romances
Carbaretta Bartland is a ringer and author from, well... I'll let her tell you. Her books, A Short Touch of Bristol and Her First Long Length explore many aspects of ringing--band management, instruction, challenging methods, flowering relationships--and are best enjoyed with a glass of wine. And, perhaps, a fan going. We talk about how Carbaretta started ringing, her writing, and her future plans. Project Pickled Egg comes up; we've previously discussed PPE in episodes 23 and 25 with Simon Linford, and it's come up in a few other episodes. Thank you, friends.
54 minutes | Apr 16, 2023
Ben White-Horne on Programmatic Ringing
Ben White-Horne is a ringer and programmer from Cambridge (that one, not this one). Notably, Ben is one of the authors of Wheatley, whom you may have seen sitting quietly in the corner of one of your Ringing Room towers. We talk about the construction and operation of Wheatley, about Ben's other ringing software projects, about composition and conducting... the conversation ranges! Thank you, friends.
1 minutes | Mar 20, 2023
Season 2 is coming!
Season 2 will start with new monthly episodes in April 2023 How long? No way to tell! Two upcoming guests are authors; you may want to check out their books before listening. Carbaretta Bartland is the author of A Short Touch of Bristol and Her First Long Length, two ringing romances. Tracy Chevalier-whom you may know from Girl with a Pearl Earring or Remarkable Creatures-wrote A Single Thread which is set in and around Winchester Cathedral during the interwar period. Carbaretta's episode is scheduled for May, Tracy's for June.
52 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Joan Hutchinson on Whitechapel Handbells
Joan Hutchinson is a ringer variously of Smith College, Boston, Philadelphia, New Hampshire, Smith College, Minnesota, and Colorado. While Joan has plenty of tower experience, Whitechapel Handbells are her first ringing love. We discuss ringing in hand and in tower, starting and maintaining groups associated with schools and universities, and the movement of sets of handbells around the continent. Joan briefly worked with Bill Theobald, of Whitechapel--previous guests Linda Woodford (episode 014) and Sidney Kirkpatrick (episode 026) also worked with Bill, and share stories of his mentorship. Likewise, Joan's story crosses paths with both Sarah Moriarty (episode 008) and Marj Winter (episode 018 and episode 020) through Smith College. These days, Joan can be found ringing with the Minneapolis handbell band, thanks to Ringing Room. (Stan's ringing a bit, too, but may be too busy inventing new puzzles and methods with Mark Davies, of episode 031.) Thank you, friends.
21 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Bryn Reinstadler on "Calling It Round"
Bryn Reinstadler is a ringer and conductor from Boston, co-creator of Ringing Room, and has twice previously appeared on Treble's Going to discuss MIT's Interterm Activity Period course on change ringing (May 2020) and Ringing Room's first birthday (March 2021, with Leland Kuzmer). This time, Bryn's here to discuss her forthcoming book on calling and conducting: Calling it Round. We discuss learning to call and conduct, some of the "softer" skills of bandleading, and what it's been like to return to ringing in person with full bands. Calling It Round grew out of Bryn's work on the Achieving Gender Balance in Ringing workgroup of the Central Council. Articles describing their work product can be found in many issues of Ringing World through 2020. Bryn especially recommends to your attention the Special Issue on Women in Ringing, no. 5716 of 13 November 2020 (requires subscription and Bellboard login). Thank you, friends.
39 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Steve Coleman on the G&B Summer and Winter Schools
Steve Coleman is a ringer in the Gloucester and Bristol (G&B) Association, author of many articles and books, and impetus behind the G&B Summer and Winter Schools. Steve's books are chock-full of useful advice and helpful hints, and he will be back in a future episode to discuss them. If you haven't yet come across them and want a copy, just head to ringingbooks.co.uk. He's also written dozens of articles for The Ringing World. Two he recommends to your historical interest are "The Sight of A Gentle Maiden Deftly Handling a Rope," chapters 1 and 5, found at No. 5147 (18-25 Dec 2009) pp. 1267-8 and at No. 5167 (7 May 2010) pp. 470-2. Mostly, though, we talk about the August 2020 Summer School and January 2021 Winter School: the genesis of the schools, the sessions offered, their reception, and their future prospects. Those interested in more information on either of the past schools or on 2021's Summer School should email Steve directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, Steve mentions how wonderfully he has enjoyed Ringing Room during lockdowns. If you haven't yet heard them, know that episodes 4 and 27 of this podcast both feature Bryn and Leland, the creators of Ringing Room, discussing their project's birth (episode 4) and its first year (episode 27). Thank you, friends.
47 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Seven Towers Festival
Today's episode is excerpted from a panel discussion at the April 2021 Seven Towers Festival, featuring Porter Brownlee, David Graves, Remica Gray, and Meredith Morris. We discuss the much-debated, now documented (see below), genesis of the festival; the payoffs and pitfalls of running a festival; and why Alan Regin's left out. You should come to the April 2022 Seven Towers Festival--watch The Clapper or the NAG website for upcoming details! Thank you, friends.
51 minutes | May 21, 2021
Mark Davies on Methodokus
Mark Davies is a ringer at Cheltenham Minster, of the Gloucester and Bristol Association. Mark is also a prolific peal composer and constructor of methods. See Rapid Wrap Major, Snow Tiger Maximus, or the "Mythical Beasts" project, for instance. While we discuss ringing for a bit, much of our conversation is about Methodokus: the style of ringing(-inspired) puzzles that Mark invented last year. If you have not seen them in Ringing World, a few can be found in an earlier post at treblesgoing.com, or you can find many in the book Methodoku Mayhem. Mark has also uploaded "Methodoku Masterclass" videos on his YouTube channel, if you would like more-directed advice on solving Methodokus. (You can also find there a video of his presentation to the North American Guild, which we mention during this discussion.) Thank you, friends.
47 minutes | May 7, 2021
Kemp Brinson and Pip Penney, part II
This is the second half of an interview Kemp Brinson conducted with Pip Penney; you can find the first half of the interview in episode 28. Kemp and I discuss our shared progress in Ringing Room and how our moms' interests led to our (eventual) ringing. (Happy Mother's Day!) Then Pip and Kemp discuss the origin of ART certification, ways to better encourage younger ringers, and thoughts on the future of ringing. Finally, Pip and I share some more thoughts on young ringers, and we get the full story of how Pip came to ringing as an adult. Episode 31 will feature Mark Davies, author of Methodoku Mayhem. If you have not tried solving methodoku yet, you can find a brief introduction and some to try here. Thank you, friends.
62 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Matthew Austin on One Year of Treble's Going
Our guest host is Kemp Brinson. Again! Making room for our guest: Matthew Austin. We discuss the genesis of Treble's Going, and how Laveita Brinson and Debbie Austin got us to this point. We run through some of our favorite episodes of the year and what we loved about them: Michael Tartell on Viruses (ep.21), Fr. Alban Riley on Ringing in Community (ep.15), Marjorie Winter Part I and Part II (eps.18 & 20), Linda Woodford on Bellhanging (ep.14), John Bihn on Conducting His First Quarter Peal (ep.9), and Candace Higginbotham on Starting a Band (ep.16). Along the way we also talk about the goals for Treble's Going, interviewing strangers, how episodes are produced, and parallels between classroom teaching and producing a podcast. Finally: enjoy meeting all the people behind the scenes who make this show come to life. And thank Kemp Brinson, once again, for stepping in to host. Thank you for listening, friends.
39 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Kemp Brinson and Pip Penney, part I
Kemp Brinson of Winter Haven, Florida, is back! This time he's interviewing Pip Penney of the Llandaff and Monmouth Association, in Wales. Pip, creator of the Association of Ringing Teachers, discusses the genesis of the ART, creating instructional videos, how to get a ringer past a hurdle that seems to have them hung up, and describes a program for developing ropesight. Finally, Pip and I catch up to discuss breaking bad habits, distracting learners, and physical aptitude. Thank you, friends.
29 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Leland Kusmer and Bryn Reinstadler on Ringing Room's First Birthday
Bryn and Leland are back, together! We briefly talk personal lives, but you can hear much more about their romance and engagement in their episode of Fun With Bells, the other, excellent, change-ringing podcast. Mainly we discuss Ringing Room: its birth and growth through its first year, its best use and misconceptions about its use, and how its use will help us even as we get back into our towers. Leland and Bryn describe some new features coming in the spring of 2021, and even field a pitch from their pushy host. (Who needs the suggested feature much more than they!) [Do please take a moment to look at their one-year anniversary survey, to provide feedback on your successes and hangups on Ringing Room, and consider financially supporting the running of Ringing Room's servers either by donating directly or by supporting their Patreon.] Finally, we catch up with what Bryn and Leland have been ringing, when they're not busy making it possible for so many of us to do so. Thank you, friends.
92 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
The Kids of Kent
In this double-length episode we hear about ringing at Kent School spanning seven decades, from the ringers themselves. They are: Alex "Sandy" Taft, Jr., class of 1962; Andy Deganahl, class of 1969; Sidney Kirkpatrick, class of 1974; Ellen Jennings, class of 1991; Adrea Marshall, class of 1993; Alex T. Taft, III, class of 1999; Alice Benjamin, class of 2018; Stella Klingebiel, class of 2019; and Matthew Austin, faculty since 2008. This conversation touches on coming to Kent, learning about ringing while at Kent, activities of the ringers' both at Kent and afield, and the future of ringing at Kent. Special thanks are due to the previous ringing masters of Kent School: Isaac Atwater (1931-1938), William E. Howard (ca. 1950-1975), David Bailey (1975-1979), and Thomas W. Holcombe (1979-2016). And thank you, friends.
50 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Kemp Brinson and Simon Linford, part II
This is the second half of an interview Kemp Brinson conducted with Simon Linford; you can find the first half of the interview in episode 23. In this half Simon and Kemp discuss the "zones" of ringing, barriers to progression, and goals & aspirations in ringing. Next we hear about the genesis and structure of the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing, a program of St. Martin's Guild. Kemp and Simon discuss the challenges of ringing long lengths, and particularly ultra-peals that push the boundaries of ringing. (See, for instance 20064 spliced surprise maximus or 210 minor methods all-the-work.) Finally, an update on St. John's, Hanley. Followed by another update: they have a home! Thank you, friends.
34 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Stuart Barton on Striking
Stuart is a Miami ringer, by way of South Africa, England, and New York. While with the Trinity ringers, Stuart helped develop the Trinity Shield Striking Competition (YT video of 2018 competition, our guest is wearing plaid), North America's only. We discuss the competition, good striking, and how one integrates more striking practice and awareness into practices. Finally, we settle the matter of which North American tower scored the most peals in 2020. Thank you for listening, friends.
48 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Kemp Brinson and Simon Linford, part I
Kemp Brinson is a ringer and attorney in Winter Haven, FL; in 2018 he conducted a series of interviews which we are happy to be able to feature on Treble's Going. This is the first half of Kemp's conversation with Simon Linford of Birmingham, UK. Kemp and Simon discuss at length Project Pickled Egg, the project behind the "core 7" surprise major methods. Finally, Simon and I touch base for a quick update on both the publicization and adoption of the core seven and on his position as president of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Thank you, friends.
33 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Diane Amison-Loring on the Journal of the North American Guild
Diane Amison-Loring is the editor of The Clapper, the journal of the North American Guild of Change Ringers. Diane was formerly a sister of the Community of the Holy Spirit; we discuss how that community came to hang bells at Melrose School, which brought ringing to Diane's life. We also discuss The Clapper's purpose, its regular features, and articles from 2020's issues that we particularly recommend to your attention: Bryn Reinstadler & Leland Kusmer's "Introducing the Ringing Room" and Josh Burson's "Silent Bells around North America" & "The Bells That Never Were". (All links to Clapper articles require member sign-in.) Thank you, friends.
80 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Michael Tartell on Viruses
Michael Tartell is a Boston ringer, by way of St. Louis. Michael learned to ring in Chicago, and from there passed through Philadelphia on his way to Boston: an embarrassment of ringing riches! We talk about learning and teaching with simulators, which I believe will be invaluable in 2021 as many towers look to resume in-practice teaching and ringing. Mostly, though, we talk about viruses: what they are, how they invade cells and replicate, their effects on our bodies, and vaccines. Thank you, friends.
38 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Marjorie Winter, part II
This is part two of a two-part interview with Marjorie Winter. Part one was episode 18 of Treble's Going. Marj started ringing as part of the Whitechapel Guild [Washington Post article] at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. From there to Smith College for lunchtime quarter peals in hand and trips all around southern New England. Marj describes ringing in and around the US and England, through different stages of life, making friends and memories along the way. Taking traveling with a band to its extreme, Marj shares with us two trips to teach and ring in Singapore, and her appreciation of the teaching skills taught by the Association of Ringing Teachers. These days, though, you'll find her ringing with the 5 O'Clock Club [bellboard link]. Thank you, friends.
31 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Edwin Higginbotham on Installing Bells
Edwin Higginbotham first became aware of change-ringing when watching The Nine Tailors on PBS--this four-part miniseries is available on Amazon! It took decades, though, until Edwin would get his hands on a bell-rope. You can hear that story in episode 12 with Candace Higginbotham. Here, we discuss the three-year project that brought bells to St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana. Finally, Edwin lets us in on a little secret: he can ring methods on the tower's bells from his desk at home! Thank you, friends.