Tin Can Band


Tin Can Band
   Young people in Broughton, Northamptonshire, gather at midnight on the second Sunday in December for an hour's worth of procession round the village making as much raucous noise as possible. To this end they bring tins with stones in, dustbin lids, old metal containers with sticks to bang them, and so on. They do not know why, or for how long the custom has existed, but the villagers have successfully fought off attempts to suppress it. There are one or two stories to explain the custom - it was done to frighten off Gypsies, or it was done to express disapproval of the birth of an illegitimate baby, and the latter is possible because of the similarity between the Tin Can Band and *rough musicking. However, most writers point to the fact that this is the eve of the town's *feast day (Old St Andrew's Day) and may simply be a way of starting the festivities attached to that celebration. A very similar gathering, *Teddy Rowe's Band, formerly signified the coming of Pack Monday Fair, at Sherborne, Dorset. Kightly, 1986: 219; Shuel, 1985: 71; Sykes,1977: 148.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Band of Brothers (TV miniseries) — Band of Brothers Genre War Directed by …   Wikipedia

  • Can — may refer to:* Can (band) ** Can (album) * Tin can, an airtight metal container usually storing food * Beverage can * Joacim Cans, member of the band HammerFall * Buttocks, a body part * The act of canning, a process of preserving food * An… …   Wikipedia

  • Tin Woodman — For the science fiction novel, see Tin Woodman (novel). Nick Chopper The Tin Woodman Oz character The Tin Woodman as illustrated by William Wallace Denslow (1900) …   Wikipedia

  • Tin Machine (album) — Tin Machine Studio album by Tin Machine Released 22 May 1989 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Tin whistle — Différents tin whistles en ré de gauche à droite : Clarke Sweetone ; Shaw (modifié) ; O Brien ; Reyburn ; Generation (modifié) ; Copeland ; Overton …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Can’t Help Thinking About Me — «Can t Help Thinking About Me» …   Википедия

  • Tin whistle — Infobox Instrument color1=#FFD700 color2=#FFEC8B name=Tin whistle names=Pennywhistle classification= *Woodwind *Wind *Aerophone range=Two octaves related= *Simple system flute *Pipe and taborThe tin whistle, also called the tinwhistle, whistle,… …   Wikipedia

  • Tin Machine Tour — Infobox concert tour concert tour name = Tin Machine Tour image caption= artist = Tin Machine location = locations = United States Europe type = album= Tin Machine start date = 14 June 1989 end date = 3 July 1989 number of legs = number of shows …   Wikipedia

  • tin processing — Introduction       preparation of the ore for use in various products.       Tin (Sn) is a relatively soft and ductile metal with a silvery white colour. It has a density of 7.29 grams per cubic centimetre, a low melting point of 231.88° C… …   Universalium

  • Tin Machine (song) — Infobox Single Name = Tin Machine/Maggie s Farm Caption = Artist = Tin Machine from Album = Tin Machine A side = B side = Released = September 1989 Format = 7 /12 /CD single Recorded = Montreux; Nassau, August 1988 early 1989 Genre = Rock Length …   Wikipedia