Peter Aston is a christian singer and songwriter, a guitarist with the Holtwood Mission Band and also the singer/guitarist/caller with ceilidh band Cottage Industry.

Cottage Industry

Cottage Industry

Cottage Industry are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CottageIndustryCeilidhBand

Appearances in 2020:- 

Many events have been hit by the Coronavirus lock-down.  Here is the latest position:-

17 February - Private event in Ringwood (solo)

24 February - Private event at Ringwood (solo)

2 March - Private event in Ringwood (solo)

21 March - Private Ceilidh with Cottage Industry near Fordingbridge (postponed until 2021)

24 April - Private Ceilidh with Cottage Industry in Wimborne (postponed)

20 June - Private Ceilidh at Tolpuddle (postponed until 2021)

21 July - Bere Regis Folk Night at the Drax Arms (solo)(cancelled)

1 August - Private Ceilidh in Damerham (postponed until 2021)

15 August - 'Holiday at Home' in Blandford (solo)

4 September - Private Ceilidh with Cottage Industry in Wimborne

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
   

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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. 

 

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