Mother Sally and Tilt Man

At any festival of note you’ll most likely see the infamous Tuk Band.

The “tilt man” performs on stilts truly giving him the best view of the night.

He is joined by Mother Sally – traditionally a masked man dressed as a woman but now an unmasked woman.

She always has a well-padded behind which she displays to the crowd with much movement and exuberance.

The band itself consists of a tin flute or penny whistle, a snare drum and a bass drum (known as a bum-drum).

The name Tuk Band is thought to derive from the Scottish word to beat an instrument and may have links to the fife and drum marching band of an 18th century British regiment.

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