The Woolpack May Day Festival

We’re very excited about the up and coming bank holiday weekend and the TOUR DE YORKSHIRE! Here at OUO HQ we will be hosting an afternoon of live music – and we’re kicking it off in style!

See you here from 1pm…

mayday festival draft flyer

There will be a break for you to see the bikes fly past!

Here is the set list for our gig…


See you tonight from 7pm for more ukulele fun :-)

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We’ve always got lots to look forward to in Ukulele World!

We’re kicking of a busy spring season of gigs this evening (Thursday 16th April) at The White Swan in Otley, where we will be joining in the Open Mic night “Bar Room Buskers”

Come down and say hello! :-)

Just so you can get your diaries in order… I have put together the up and coming gigs so that players plan which gigs they’d like to do and so that supporters can come and see us!!!

More details will be on here and Facebook nearer the time – although you can always email me if you’s like more info.

Here’s the list

OUO APR-MAY 15 at a glance

Can’t wait to see you all again on 20th…. there’ll be new songs and more fun to be had…

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OUO make first TV appearance!

We were more than happy to welcome the Channel 4 News team to Otley and The Woolpack this week! What a friendly bunch of guys!

There was a little pre-recording of Richard, Simon and I playing It’s My Party and being interviewed about issues surrounding the general election.

It was an insight into the world of live TV (it seemed very stressful!) and everything changed last minute as we were told that the filming would take place in North Bar instead. I was disappointed mainly because I’d spent so long cleaning The Woolpack to be TV ready! Anyway – we all squished in for a little interview (go John and Jackie!) before we played the Channel 4 theme tune at the end of the show. There were loads of us in there but you could only see a few of us at the front.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the players who came and waited patiently and learned the theme tune so well. We had a lovely email from the producer to say how great we were!

I hope there will be more TV appearances in the future… :-)

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Easter Holidays

As the Bank Holiday approaches, I thought I’d fill you in a few happenings!

Monday 30th March – session as usual. In the 8pm session we will be filming IT’S MY PARTY so please come in OUO attire!

Monday 6th April – NO SESSION
Monday 13th April – NO SESSION
Thursday 16th April – OUO at Bar Room Buskers at The White Swan. Please email me ( if you’d like to perform. Will be 2-3 numbers from the 8pm session.

Monday 20th April – Session as usual
Monday 27th April – Dementia Cafe 2pm – Headingley
– Session as Usual

Think that is all for now… oh… make sure you watch Channel 4 News on Tuesday 31st March from 7pm

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New songs for a new season

We had a really fun evening on 2nd March and got stuck into some new songs…

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

If you’re after a challenge – have a listen to the demo and see if you can pick out the alternate chords and the tab….


Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Islands In The Stream

In the second session we recorded Bring Me Sunshine in the hope that we might get played on Radio 2!!! You don’t know if you don’t try eh?!

Here’s what we came up with….!

Big thanks to John Christmas and Richard Sabey for helping with all the technical wizardry!


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2nd March 2015 – Bring Me Sunshine

Just a quick note to say we will be recording and videoing Bring Me Sunshine in the 8pm session to send into BBC Radio 2. Please can you wear OUO tops if you have one (any blue/white top if not). It’s worth a try, eh?! :-)

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23rd February – TEALBECK

Dear all,

We’ll be playing at Tealbeck next Monday (23rd Feb). Everyone is welcome to come and join us – even if you just sing the songs you don’t know.

Please meet at The Woolpack 7pm or at Tealbeck for a 7:10pm start.

We’ll run the 8pm session as usual.

Here are the songs we will be playing


See you then my friendS!

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