Started with a Tweet…

| November 9, 2018

It started with a tweet and ended in the most heartfelt standing ovation I have ever experienced. I’d been looking for touring and performance opportunities for Reg Meuross Music’s moving ‘12 Silk Handkerchiefs’ song cycle and multi-media show and spotted a shout out on Twitter from Hull Minster for Hull related shows. The approach was timely as the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster and the Headscarf Revolutionaries campaign for safety on the trawlers had just been highlighted to the programmer. It felt ambitious but months of hard work from the whole team paid off last night and for the second time (this was only the second airing of the show) the four amazing artists: musicians Reg Meuross, Sam Martyn and Mick McGarry with narration from ‘The Headscarf Revolutionaries’ author Brian W Lavery, played to a packed and deeply moved house. At the heart of the retelling of this story in song was Lillian Bilocca who spearheaded the campaign, and what unfolded in beautiful lyrics and music was not only the success of the campaign but also the tragic way Lillian was later cast out by those she’d worked so hard to help. We were so honoured to have the only remaining Headscarf Revolutionary, Yvonne Blenkinsop, in the front row, alongside members of Lillian Bilocca’s and Mary Denness’s family as well as Lord John Prescott, the Lord Mayor of Hull and 100 Unison members. We have raised money for Humber Rescue, and raised awareness of this important piece of British history.

As Brian said: “if a picture paints a thousand words, a Reg Meuross song must paint many thousand.” There was not a dry eye in the house at the end and over 300 people rose to their feet as one in appreciation of a stunning and important piece of music, powerfully presented.

Thanks to all the performers, and also thanks to photographer Rachel Snowdon. Watch this space for the official photos.

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Fromthewhitehouse is an award winning music promotion agency in the SW of England, representing some of this country's finest singer-songwriters and musicians, including Reg Meuross, Charlie Dore & Harbottle & Jonas

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