• 12 Silk Handkerchiefs - A song cycle by Reg Meuross

  • Thu, 08-11-2018 at 19:00
  • Hull Minster
    South Church Side
    HU1 2JJ Kingston upon Hull
12 Silk Handkerchiefs - A song cycle by Reg Meuross - Hull Minster - Kingston upon Hull

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Reg Meuross joins with author Brian W Lavery to present this song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs* which tells in music and multi-media the story of the disaster and subsequent uprising led by fighting fishwife Mrs Lillian Bilocca. The show, which premiered to a packed out Kardomah94 earlier this year, features original songs by Reg, as well as a multi-media show of images never seen outside this show, and a series of narrative links by Brian W Lavery from his book, The Headscarf Revolutionaries.Accomplished local folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Martyn and stalwart of the Hull folk scene Mick McGarry will be special guests at this performance.Reg said: “In March 2017 I was invited to play a concert in Hull. I had already heard about Big Lil Bilocca and her fight in the late Sixties to pressure the Government into introducing much tighter safety after the triple trawler tragedy of 1968 and I was drawn to find out more while he was there. My research led me to the book The Headscarf Revolutionaries by Brian W Lavery and to a meeting with Brian’s friend, local musician Mick McGarry. Together we went for an in-depth tour of the old fish docks. Mick also gave me a collection of local songs and Brian gave me a copy of his book. The detail in the book provided some really rich source material for a song cycle based on this fascinating period of British industrial history.”Brian added, “I was greatly honoured when I heard the song cycle Reg had written. He is truly a gifted songwriter and it seemed obvious that we should work together on what became 12 Silk Handkerchiefs. *The title comes from the fact that Lil’s last action was to send her daughter to buy a set of handkerchiefs to give as gifts to those who had treated her is hospital before her death in 1988.Reg’s music honours and complements the story and performing in Hull Minster is a great way of acknowledging the tragic events of that Dark Winter that claimed so many of our brave trawler men in 1968.”

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