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 planned in 2024:- 

January 13 - Burns Night in Bournemouth (private event) 

March 23 - Farewell Cottage Industry Ceilidh for Fordingbridge Folk Club  - details here

Please scroll down to listen to MP3 files of some of our music.

After some 47 years the time has come for Cottage Industry to 'retire' and our final appearance will be at Fordingbridge Folk Club on 23rd March.  Thank you to so many people people who have supported and encouraged us at hundreds of gigs all around the country over the decades.

The photo below was taken at a St George's Day ceilidh in Corfe Mullen - just after it was taken our former member Clive (far right) played a dramatic final chord and promptly went straight through the stage floor - 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", which is 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 and continue to gig all over the place! 

 

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