Reg Meuross – 12 Silk Handkerchiefs

Album Review | Hatsongs | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

A mixture of songs and spoken word telling the story of Lillian Bilocca in the wake of the tragic Hull triple trawler disaster of 1968, which claimed the lives of fifty-eight men. The six songs, together with their spoken introductions, evoke the true life characters involved in this struggle. Reg Meuross’s words are brought to life by a convincing cast, including Mick McGarry and Sam Martyn, with a further contribution by Brian W Lavery, whose book The Headscarf Revolutionaries this song cycle is based upon. The subject has caught the imagination of many, not least with this release together with the accompanying multi-media shows, but also with a recent BBC documentary and at least a couple of plays, most notably Maxine Peake’s recent The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca with music by The Unthanks. A great effort is being made to keep this tragic story and the uprising that followed very much alive in our minds.