Cottage Industry are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CottageIndustryCeilidhBand
Appearances planned for 2021 (Covid restrictions allowing)
6 March - Woodgreen (private event)
26 March - Wimborne (private event)
7 August - Damerham (private event)
25 September - Tolpuddle (private event)
Please scroll down to listen to MP3 files of some of our music.
The photo below was taken at a St George's Day ceilidh in Corfe Mullen - just after it was taken Clive (far right) played a dramatic final chord - and promptly went straight through the stage - rock 'n' roll eh!
|Cottage Industry are:-|
|Peter Aston||Caller, guitarist & vocals|
|Steve Faulkner||Fiddle & vocals|
|Graham Franklin||Bass guitar & vocals|
Cottage Industry are a 3-piece ceilidh & barn dance band from Dorset specialising in song and dance from England, Ireland & Scotland plus medieval banquets, shanty sessions and Dorset, St. Patrick's & Burns' evenings. Cottage Industry were established in 1976, since when the band has been on one long rollercoaster of a tour! Gigs across the country have included festivals, theatres, castles, country mansions, hotels, boats, clubs and pubs - and leaky barns! It also seems like almost every village hall in Dorset & Hampshire has echoed to the sound of the band's driving jigs & reels! Highlights of the past 30 years have included a 'medieval banquet' broadcast live from the BBC studios in Southampton and playing aboard a schooner owner by an exiled Cuban goldminer - with a crew of 10 Swedish girls!
Over the years the band has done quite a lot of recording - starting in about 1978 in a 4 track garage studio owned by photographer Roger Holman, to BBC Maida Vale Studios in 1981 & 1982 which produced an EP record release "We're All for Swanage", a song about Swanage Railway that made us famous on TV and radio - well, for about half-an-hour anyway! In recent years Cottage Industry have recorded in Peter Aston's 16 track analogue studio.
In September 2018 we were sorry to say 'farewell' to multi-instrumentalist Clive Jennings as he moved away from Dorset after some 30+ years with the band and his contributions to Cottage Industry will certainly be missed. We are actively looking for a replacement so if perhaps you can bring something to Cottage Industry then please get in touch.
All of my musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdowns and continuing restrictions on live entertaiment and worship although some have been rebooked for later in 2021 - so watch this space for details!