17th November 2014

Hello my ukulele friends!

Just a quick update on what has been happening in Ukulele world…

We had several sessions recently when our room here at The Woolpack was bursting at the seams. But things are more comfortable now we have started out daytime ukulele and guitar social club on a Wednesday morning. There are now seats spare so hopefully you will find the session less cramped and more fun!
The Woolpack Music Social Club runs 10:30am -12:30pm every Wednesday morning and includes time for tea, biscuits and chatting! Check out http://www.woolpackmusicsocialclub.wordpress.com for the music we are working on.

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Beer Festival
We had a great time playing at Otley Beer Festival last week and had a great response from the crowd! There was lots of people singing along which we love! Hopefully there will be a bigger stage next year…! Huge thanks to Paul Briscoe for inviting us to play again.

Paul Briscoe played his guitar beautifully before we took to the stage

Paul Briscoe played his guitar beautifully before we took to the stage

Otley Beer Festival 2014

Otley Beer Festival 2014

Here are the songs we’ve been looking at recently

7pm – 8pm Session

I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS L+C
I Believe in Father Christmas TAB

LEAN ON ME

LAST CHRISTMAS (C)

LAST CHRISTMAS tab (C)

PERFECT DAY

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

DOWNTOWN L+C

LET IT SNOW

LET IT SNOW tab

8pm – 9pm Session

DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS

DO THEY KNOW IT S CHRISTMAS tab

CHRISTMAS WRAPPING

CHRISTMAS WRAPPING – Tab

Songs for World AIDS Day gig (30th November 2pm at Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Room….)
HAPPY
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
DOWNTOWN L+C
DOWNTOWN TAB
LEAN ON ME

GIGS AND EVENTS COMING UP
(sign up sheets are passed around in the second session – this is due to venues being space limited so numbers of performers are needed!)

24th November 2pm – Dementia Cafe, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Lane
30th November 2pm – World AIDS Day, Leeds Art Gallery (sign up required)
7th December 3:30pm – Victorian Fayre Day, The Woolpack
13th December 4pm – Christmas Tree Festival, Otley Parish Church (sign up required)
19th December (eve) – Leeds Trinity Church (TBC – sign up required)
21st December (eve) – The Woolpack Christmas Party (sign up required)

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Beginners and Improvers Course January to March 2015

Do you know anyone who might like to learn the ukulele in the new year?

I am running a Beginners and Improvers course (the two are designed to go together!)

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BEGINNERS

SATURDAY 24.01.15, 31.01.15 and 07.02.15
2:30pm – 4:30pm

This course is designed for total beginners. The course will be at a pace suitable for new players and will help you get a grasp of the basics through learning songs together

You will learn in a small, friendly group environment:
• how to get the best sound from your ukulele
• good playing techniques
• basic strumming patterns
• how to song sheets with lyrics and chords
• songs using the chords of C, F, G, G7 and Am

IMPROVERS

SATURDAY 28.02.15, 07.03.15 AND 14.03.15
2:30pm – 4:30pm

This course is designed for people who want to carry on where the Beginners course left off. The course will be at the same pace and will hopefully build your confidence as a player. We will learn new songs too!

You will explore in a small, friendly group environment:
• more chords in open position such as A, D, D7 and E7
• bar-chords and moveable chords such as B, Bb, Bm and B7
• how to make your strumming more interesting

Email jen@bighooha.co.uk for more details or to register your interest :-)

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3rd November 2014

With only 6 weeks until we break for our Christmas holidays, we thought we’d better make a start on some Christmas songs! Here’s what we did last night (including the none festive songs!!)

PERFECT DAY

LEAN ON ME

lean on me tab

SLOOP JOHN B

YULEKELELE!

CHRISTMAS WRAPPING

CHRISTMAS WRAPPING – Tab

Play along with the song here (I can’t find an “official” video but this one is strangely hypnotic!)- it’s in the same key (although the intro is slightly different!)

LAST CHRISTMAS (C)

LAST CHRISTMAS tab (C)

NEXT GIG!

Friday 14th November 7pm at Otley Beer Festival! Ukuleles and beer! What’s not to like?!

Here’s what we’ll be playing….

OTLEY BEER FESTIVAL 2014 set list

:-)

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NOVEMBER news!

We had an amazing time at The Cheerful Chilli on Friday celebrating our 3rd SPOOKULELE event. It was amazing to see all the effort players and audience members had put into getting dressed up for the occasion. The Cheerful Chilli put on a fantastic spread of food and we sang, strummed and danced until our feet hurt!

Here are a couple of photos… there will be more to follow! If you have any please send to jen@bighooha.co.uk

The Cheerful Chill

The Cheerful Chill

Scary Liz and Scary Susan

Scary Liz and Scary Susan

Ghost John D

Ghost John D

Yikes

Yikes

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So what’s coming up?

Starting this week (Wednesday 5th November 10:30am-12:30pm)

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The Woolpack Music Social Club – every Wednesday. Come along to meet people and play and instrument or sing in a relaxed and friendly environment. Beginners and learners very much encouraged! for more info email jen@bighooha.co.uk

OUO dates!

Friday 14th November – Otley Beer Festival (eve)
Monday 24th November – Dementia Cafe in Headingley (12pm)
Sunday 30th November – World Aids Day (2pm)
Sunday 7th December – Otley Victorian Fayre (afternoon)
Saturday 13th December – Otley Christmas Tree Festival (4pm-6pm)
Sunday 21st December – THE WOOLPACK CHRISTMAS PARTY at KORKS (eve)

We’d better get learning some Christmas tunes then eh? But don’t worry there will also be plenty of other new tunes to get stuck into.

Hope to strum with y’all very soon

:-)

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Almscliffe Beer Festival

We will be playing at Almscliffe Beer Festival this Friday (17th OCtober) at 8pm!

All the player places are full but if you’d like to come and watch then you can get tickets for £10…

Almscliffe Beer Festival

Almscliffe Beer Festival

Hope to see you there! :-)

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6th October 2014

We had a lot of fun at this week’s session looking at songs for our up and coming performances!

TEALBECK 13th OCTOBER

Please meet at The Woolpack for 6:45pm to help carry sands etc. If not, please ensure you are at Tealbeck for 7pm start.

Here is the set list of all the songs we will be playing

TEALBECK RESIDENTIAL HOME

These are the songs we practised last night…

BYE BYE LOVE oct14

BROWN EYED GIRL (OUO)

BROWN EYED GIRL TAB (OUO)

DOWNTOWN L+C

DOWNTOWN TAB

My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things TAB

TEARS ON MY PILLOW

TEARS ON MY PILLOW tab

In the second session we carried on with our Spookulele songs

THRILLER 2014

TIME WARP

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (updated)

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ME OR FROM THE CHEERFUL CHILLI! it’s going to be so much fun…

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We are also very happy to be playing at this years ALMSCLIFFE BEER FESTIVAL on 17th October 8pm.

Almscliffe Beer Festival

Almscliffe Beer Festival

Here are the songs we will be playing

Almscliffe Beer Festival 2014

Tickets are £10 for non-players! The price includes 2 halves and a glass! bargain!

See you real soon!

:-)

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September 22nd

We had two fantastic gigs at Otley Folk Festival this weekend – a huge thank you to everyone who came to play, sing along and support us! We had a great time. Big thanks also to Otley Folk Festival for inviting us to play.

At The Methodist Chapel

At The Methodist Chapel

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Warming up in the Old Cock

Warming up in the Old Cock

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Outside the Woolpack

Outside the Woolpack

And here is a little video of us playing in the Methodist Church

So last night we started learning songs we can sing to our friends at Tealbeck (we’ll next be there on 13th October) including

My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things TAB

We also looked at these songs

BROWN EYED GIRL (OUO)

BROWN EYED GIRL TAB (OUO)

Darren’s song

You Are Beautiful

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL tab

SUNNY AFTERNOON

Then in the second session we carried on practising our SPOOKULELE songs!!!

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE

THERE S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE tab

GHOST TOWN

GHOST TOWN TAB

and we finished with a birthday song for Debra!

FRIDAY I’m IN LOVE

Have a wonderful week and keep on strumming!

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