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Reg Meuross presents 12 Silk Handkerchiefs at Grimsby Fisherman’s Chapel

September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Winter 1968. Three Hull trawlers sink. 58 men die. A fishwife leads the fight to change safety laws.

Folking.com Soloist Of The Year 2019, singer, songwriter, storyteller Reg Meuross, brings the 12 Silk Handkerchiefs Tour 2019 to Grimsby Fisherman’s Chapel, Duncombe St, Grimsby DN32 7EG


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. After three sellout performances in Hull that recreated and expanded upon the original song cycle, the singer-songwriter is now taking the show on a national tour this Autumn supported by public funding from 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. Three Hull trawlers, the St Romanus, the Kingston Peridot and the Ross Cleveland perished and 58 men died in what became known as the Dark Winter.

Fighting fishwife Lillian Billoca’s subsequent 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” by Pennyblack Music. 

Those fans of Reg’s music so accustomed to seeing his intimate solo 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 the world.  

“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, Folking.com

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


photo Rachel Snowdon




September 13, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Grimsby Fisherman’s Chapel
Duncombe St,
Grimsby, N E Lincolnshire DN32 7EG
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Reg Meuross Singer Songwriter Storyteller