Cottage Industry is a first class Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band based in Dorset that play for weddings, parties and festivals.

Cottage industry were formed during 1977 and, in various formats have performed since then in every conceivable type of venue throughout England and Wales including;- theatres, hotels, clubs and pubs, barns (some leaking!), town halls, village halls and ships-including a schooner owned by an exiled Cuban gold miner with an all-female Scandinavian crew!

The band have released a number of recordings and have performed on many TV and radio programmes including a live “Medieval Banquet” from the BBC studios.

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 the band 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.


Cottage Industry are in demand for Ceilidhs and Barn Dances for weddings, parties and dances etc. They have played at all the fine venues in the Dorset/Hampshire/Sussex area, in particular Lulworth Castle, Athelhampton House, Beaulieu, Rhinefield House, Carisbrooke Castle and Goodwood.

Cottage Industry is a four piece Barn Dance/Ceilidh band and comprises:-
Peter Aston
caller for dances/guitar/banjo and vocals
Gill Collins
Graham Franklin
bass guitar and vocals
Clive Jennings
Bodhran/whistles/spoons/hammer dulcimer and vocals

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Really GREAT evening of dancing and songs. The mix of a couple of energetic dances, followed by a superb folk song to allow ‘recovery’ works well.
Thanks to Cottage Industry for the music, calling and songs!

Mike Amey