terry cottam



The Musician

Terry’s life has been totally involved in playing & writing music since his early teens. The emerging rock scene was the initial inspiration which led him to want to play guitar & write songs.
He is a self-taught guitarist & also studied sitar under Imrat Khan & Alastair Dick whilst at Dartington college.

Becoming a qualified teacher meant he was able to combine his love & knowledge of music & shared it with hundreds of young people. After leading a school music department & several school bands, he taught guitar peripatetically & privately.

He has always been a guitarist who has enjoyed playing live in a number of bands, some of which he has formed himself to play his own songs – Chameleon, Jumpback, Terra Cotta, Cottam. He has often played alongside his son, Buster who is primarily a bassist but also composes, mixes, produces & engineers music.

He has joined bands to enjoy playing the music of others from 4 piece The Edgar Broughton Band to soul alongside 10 musicians in The Jess Upton Soul Band.

Terry has written compositions for dance in education which have been published by BBC & UK Dance organisations. He has also contributed to many TV commercials & promotional videos.

More recently, he’s been working on the completion of 2 more albums of his own songs with Dave Kenderdine on drums.

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Terry has a unique style of programming a looper pedal live, whilst singing, playing guitar and percussion creating performances which are fresh and innovative.


DORSET 2019 onwards

Writing and recording own material with Dave Kenderdine playing drums.

NORTH DEVON and CORNWALL 2013 onwards

Cottam – Solo gigs using a looping pedal & Duo gigs with son, Buster on double bass. Five solo tracks were recorded as videos in State of Mind studio.

DORSET 1980 to 2013

Terra Cotta – new line-up of Ralph Cree on percussion & Buster Cottam on double bass to perform & record World Trip CD inspired by travels. The CD also featured Chas Dickie, cello, Matt Barge trumpet, Tim Stone acoustic guitar, Julie Trevett flute & alto sax, Clive Ashley soprano & tenor sax, Alan Strawbridge electric bass/engineering & production. The track River of Life featured on a Channel 4 program Free sports on Four about surfing.

The Jess Upton Soul Band – 10 piece soul band popular in Southern England – recorded a C.D. of soul covers & played together for more than 20 years!

Jumpback – covers and originals gigging Southern England – recorded a single, Get Up, which received Radio One airplay.

LONDON 1968 to 1980

Terra Cotta – original material played on the London pub / club circuit. A Vinyl E.P. was issued (now collectible!) gaining reviews in several of the music publications like Melody Maker and Sounds. In 2020, Hard to Know, a track from the EP, was featured on a compilation album called Ultra Rare NWOBHM 1978-83.

The Edgar Broughton Band – recorded and toured extensively in Britain and Europe – recorded on the album Live Hits Harder.

Mandy Morton’s album Sea of Storms – Terry played sitar, tablas, guitar & mando-guitar.

Dreamcloud – duo with Sue – touring work supporting acts including Julie Felix, Harry Secombe and Michael Chapman.

Chameleon – working the London pub / club circuit . Gigs included The Hope & Anchor and Dingwalls.

Mosaic – part of the London underground scene – gigs included The Middle Earth Club.


The Jokers – one of the top local bands who worked extensively round the local area in the sixties. Highlight was supporting The Mindbenders, Bristol Corn Exchange when they charted with Groovy Kind of Love. A coach load of Jokers fans made it a memorable gig.

5 square 4 – first band – playing R & B covers at local parties and youth clubs.


Total Video – music composed & recorded on videos for Weymouth Diving Museum, Cornish Tours, Thailand Trip and Magna Housing.

DanceTrax – Dorset Education Department dance CD.

Music Resource One and Music Resource Two – tracks which were specifically created for teachers of dance in education.

Time to move – music recorded for BBC at Pebble Mill Studio.

Dance through the Curriculum – CD of music for dance in education for Davies the sports people.

Kent Dance Pack – 12 tracks of music for Kent Education Department.

GCSE dance set study music 2000 & 2001 – sitar based track in 7/8.

TV commercials – guitar lines on ads including BMW, Toshiba & Orange.

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