About the Dreg Song Project

In the nineteenth century, Scotsmen fished for oysters in the Firth of Forth by dragging dredges over the oyster 'scalps'. To maintain a steady speed they sang as they rowed. Overfishing brought the industry to a close near the turn of the twentieth century and with it, the use of the dreg songs. In the 1930s James Madison Carpenter gathered some of these songs on wax cylinders and typewritten pages. For years the songs were hidden away - lost. Now, with the work of the James Madison Carpenter Project these songs have come back to life first at Mystic Seaport Museum and, this summer, in their home waters of the Firth! Three Scottish Coast Rowing Clubs: RowportyNewhaven Coastal Rowing and Boatie Blest  brought the songs home to the Firth at 7:30 pm on 20 June, 2012 near the Dalriada Bar. It was a memorable and historic evening!

Special Dreg Songs Ale

Now here’s some great news: a special beer for the project. That’s how to celebrate tradition!

Terry Magill of the Dalriada Bar has arranged with Inveralmond Brewery of Perth to produce a special ‘Dreg Songs Ale’. It will be available on the night at the Dalriada so ale-lovers, you now have another reason to join us on the 2oth of June!

Thanks Terry – I’m sure we’re going to work up quite a thirst!