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12 Silk Handkerchiefs - A Song Cycle

16 Sep 2019

Reg Meuross’s moving work of social and political history, inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community, fighting fishwife Lillian Billoca’s successful campaign for improved trawler safety in the aftermath of the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster, sole survivor Harry Eddom who returned to sea just 11 weeks after the sinking, and the superstitions, lives and deaths of all those affected.

Joined on stage by Hull musicians Mick McGarry and Sam Martyn, Reg’s powerful songs are interwoven with narration from Brian W. Lavery and rare archive footage from the time the ships went down.

“Meuross has achieved something rare and important: he has reanimated a valuable piece of history, and he has done so with great sincerity and emotional depth. 12 Silk Handkerchiefs is a fitting tribute not just to Lillian Bilocca, but to the power of individuals to bring about change for the better.” Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK

"A finely spun tribute… rich in honest emotion, deep humanity, resonant lyrics and infectious melodies." Mike Davies,

“..further confirming Reg Meuross as one of the most eloquent and compelling singer-songwriters ever.” David Pratt, Fatea Magazine

“Powerful and moving songwriting” The Telegraph Music


Presented by: Reg Meuross
by: Reg Meuross
Performance times: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: £16, Concessions £13.50
(Ticket prices include £1 booking fee)
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