12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’s 13th album inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community in the aftermath of the Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968.
Fighting fishwife Lillian Billoca’s successful campaign for improved trawler safety; sole survivor Harry Eddom who returned to sea just 11 weeks after the sinking; and the superstitions, lives and deaths of all those affected: all of these stories are contained within a fascinating and moving work of social and political history described as Meuross’s ‘most important work to date’ (Penny Black Music).
After two stunning sellout performances at Hull Minster that recreated and expanded upon the original album, Reg Meuross is now taking the show on a national tour supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Joined on stage by stalwarts of the Hull folk scene, musicians Mick McGarry and Sam Martyn, Reg’s powerful songs are interwoven with narration from author Brian W. Lavery and an audio/visual show that includes rarely-seen archive footage, photos and audio from the time of the disaster.
Those fans of Reg’s music so accustomed to seeing his intimate performances at folk clubs and festivals across the land will be stunned by the power of this show, and those new to him will find it impossible not to be moved by this emotional and humbling tribute to the many, many lives lost to what was once the most dangerous industry in England.
“Meuross has achieved something rare and important… and he has done so with great sincerity and emotional depth.” Folk Radio UK
“Powerful and moving songwriting” The Telegraph