The power of Triple Trawler Disaster song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs comes to Barton

The powerful story of a fishing community united to campaign for far greater safety stands on trawlers will be re-told at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month.

Singer/songwriter Reg Meuross’s song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs tells the story of Hull’s Hessle Road community were devastated in January 1968 when 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.

First performed in Hull Minster late last year Reg is now taking the show on a national tour this Autumn supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The music which tells of fighting fishwife Lillian Bilocca, who led a battle for better trawler safety following the Triple Trawler Disaster and the songs were inspired by the book, The Headscarf Revolutionaries by Brian W Lavery.

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 the author 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.

“Brian’s book, The Headscarf Revolutionaries, is now shorthand for the four women Lillian Bilocca, Mary Denness, Yvonne Blenkinsop and Christine Jensen who fought the trawler bosses in a campaign which ended in Westminster,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
The show also covered a fourth tragedy, from which the show gets its name, telling how Lillian Bilocca was ostracised by her community and overlooked by history, ending her days in obscurity. Her last action in 1988 as she lay dying, which was to send her daughter Virginia to buy a dozen handkerchiefs to give as gifts to those who had cared for her in hospital.
“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,” Liz went on.
Twelve ilk Handkerchiefs, Songs & Storytelling will be performed on Saturday, September 21, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by telephoning 01652 660380 or in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery/

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Sarah McQuaid


Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and holding dual Irish and American citizenship, Sarah McQuaid has made England her permanent residence since 2007. Her sixth solo album The St Buryan Sessions was recorded and filmed live in the beautiful medieval church of St Buryan, not far from Sarah’s home in rural West Cornwall. Released in October 2021 on CD and limited-edition double LP, it features stunning solo performances by Sarah on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and floor tom drum, her lush, distinctive vocals echoing through the soaring space. A playlist of videos from the sessions can be found on Sarah’s YouTube channel youtube.com/sarahmcquaid

One of the most instantly recognisable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in a jam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey  – Trust The Doc

Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals … enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul  – PopMatters

I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever  – Huffington Post

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The Bella Hardy Christmas Show 

A glittering night of seasonal treats and new music from Bella’s 2022 album ‘Love Songs’

Celebrate the festive season in song with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year. Famed for her soaring and captivating voice, Bella inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity.

Featuring local carols and well-loved classics such as ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, the show rings out with traditional favourites, and even a bit of Shakin’ Stevens, all of which feature on Bella’s much loved Christmas record ‘Bright Morning Star’.

From Edale in the Peak District, Christmas songs have long been Bella’s local speciality. People flock from far and wide to sing north Derbyshire’s local carols, and in these dark months, the villages are lit up with song to celebrate the season of hope and community.

A winning mixture of the traditional and the newly minted” The Times
Brit folk’s finest” Mojo Magazine
Enduringly seductive” The Telegraph
“A fine, no-nonsense interpreter of traditional music and an excellent songwriter” The Guardian
Christmas is Bella’s Season… her Christmas songs should be a mandatory start to the festive season” SpiralEarth.com

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Kick The Curb Tour
Their bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tri-corn hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party is in town.

Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party believes a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more. Two drummers, electric guitars, fiddle, melodeon and four-part harmonies combine to create music that is drenched in tradition, but filtered through a kaleidoscope of modern rock and pop.

Established as the go-to band for folkin’ fun shenanigans, Blackbeard’s Tea Party has played memorable sets at; Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many, many, more. The band celebrated a decade of ‘rocking the folk boat’ in 2019 and commemorated this with its Ten YAAR Anniversary Tour during the autumn and winter and also re-released an updated version of their most popular track “Chicken on a Raft” to commemorate this milestone.

Their previous release, the five-track EP “Leviathan!”, explores the romanticized glories and the full gruesome horrors of the 19th century whaling industry. This record brought with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show, employing a heftier rhythm section with their new double-Drum Kit set up. During Lockdown the band began writing material remotely via Asana for its fourth album and as things began to return to normality they were very excited to get into the studio with their new line-up to record these tracks. The result is “Kick The Curb”, the band’s first album in five years which will be released in September 2022 and they can’t wait to get out on the road to play them live !!

Contemporary folk rock at its most infectious –  Radio 2

York’s answer to The Pogues, but with cleaner fingernails – The Telegraph

Blackbeard’s Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music

recently. In short: they make shanties chic –  Roger Crow, Huffington Post

Gloriously wild, gamely OTT and sharp. This is convincing and essential – fRoots

Barnstorming buccaneers belting out riff-tastic folk rock –  Songlines

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Daoirí Farrell

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Since then he has toured the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across the UK.  Daoirí released his new album ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’, produced by Dónal Lunny, in February 2019.  In autumn 2019 he was also nominated for three RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 for best singer, best traditional track and best album for ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’.

From March 2020 he attracted up to 85,000 viewers for his run of twenty-five weekly livestreamed concerts every Sunday night at 10pm, which led to him performing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and co-hosting the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe.

Daoirí is currently recording a new album with Trevor Hutchinson from Lúnasa/The Waterboys with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.

‘His powerfully unadorned vocals might be from any era, variously recalling Paul Brady and Andy Irvine…it’s a powerful statement.’ **** Mojo

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Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the  Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu and Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband and wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’

2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album CONTRADICSHUN gaining them even more critical acclaim including FOLK ALBUM OF THE WEEK from THE SUNDAY TIMES, “One of the albums of the year” ★★★ from ROCK ‘N’ REEL  while legendary folk  broadcaster MIKE HARDING said: “Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album.”

And during all this time, Stu even managed to be involved with other artists producing and recording award winning music for SHOW OF HANDS, KELLY OLIVER, LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, ODETTE MICHELL, THE WILLOWS, SAM KELLY & THE YOUNG’UNS.

2022 sees them back on the road promoting a brand-new studio album UNKNOWN WATERS.

Simply Brilliant –  Sunday Express

Savagely perceptive lyrics, ear catching vocals & melodies to die for – Louder Than War

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Tom Kilner Band

Raw power country, blues, southern rock and Americana delivered by four highly experienced and dedicated musicians.

A decade of touring the UK and the EU, to celebrate the band’s 10th year, they are looking to tour new and old venues nationwide.

Since a young age, in his native South Yorkshire, Tom has been hailed a guitar prodigy.

With high profile support slots including Dr. Feelgood, Danny Bryant, Lawrence Jones, as well his own headline shows and major rock, blues and country festivals across the UK and EU.

Described as an all round performer, whose skills are beyond his years, with nods to rock, blues, country and Americana, with southern soul infused in its core. The live performances are delivered with passion, heartfelt soul drenched musicianship and explosive drive, with guitar firepower.

“If you see Killner listed as playing in your town or city anytime soon, go and see him – I know I will”

Since forming the band, Tom has recorded three albums, two studio albums, a live album and an EP. This on top of appearing on recordings with Dr. John, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore.

The 2018 album Get Back Up was described as the album that bigger names spend most of their career working towards, fresh, vital, intense, soulful and rock hard. Hard Road, released in 2015, described as a retro sounding blues rock album with southern influence, interspersed with passionate playing from Tom and the band.

Giants of Rock reviewer, festivals for all, said he had witnessed one of the best sets he could remember for a long time. Tom’s throaty vocals were not only tremendous but incredible, with exceptional guitar playing. Slide guitar, and “honky tonk” returns from the keys player Wes, was a thing of beauty. In such hallowed company, to be picked as one of the FFA sets of the festival is simply an indication of the quality of the talented musicianship.

Band – Tom Killner – Guitar and Vocals, Wes Brook – Keys / Hammond, Callum Houghton – Bass, Rich Hunter – Drums

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