An Instrumental Workshop with Chris McShane

I am pleased to announce that Chris McShane is coming to The Woolpack Studios on Sunday 6th March 7pm to deliver a workshop on playing instrumental ukulele pieces in an ensemble.

Chris is a very experienced musician and workshop leader and I am sure this session will be really interesting and be a chance to learn and develop new skills.

Places are limited so make sure you book your place now… email me to ensure you get on the list!


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Getting Ready for the Festive Season

There are so many exciting gigs coming up between now and Christmas! Preparations will start on Monday 1st November – so I hope to see you there! I’ll be taking names for the gigs too so check your diaries :-)

21.11.15 – Otley Beer Festival 6pm – number limited due to space
29.11.15 – World AIDS Day 2pm (Leeds Art Gallery)
05.12.15 – Sela Bar, Leeds 5pm – 7pm
11.12.15 – The Courthouse, Otley 8pm – number limited to 15 players
12.12.15 – Christmas Tree Festival, Otley Parish Church 4pm
17.12.15 – PAFRAS Christmas Party (11am), St Aidan’s Church Harehills
17.12.15 – The Woolpack Christmas Party, The Horse and Farrier from 8pm

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Here are the set lists


And if you’re lucky enough to be joining us on UKES ON A TRAIN 8th November – bring these songs with you along with the Ukes On A Train Songbook


Hope to see you all very soon :-)

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We’ve been working on new songs for our SPOOKULELE party – we’re thrilled to be invited back to The Cheerful Chilli again!

Tickets are £5 – this doesn’t include food or drinks, which will be available on the night. We can’t wait to see what The Cheerful Chilli chefs will make for us! 

Tickets are available through Eventbrite 

Here is the set list for those of you who are playing

See you there! 


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Another Ukulele Weekend fast approaches!

We had such a great time at the weekend – Otley Folk Festival was really fun! We loved our three gigs (pictures to follow!)

Check out our performance of Walk Like an Egyptian from Saturday evening at The Black Horse

Coming up this weekend we are appearing live at Pool Beer Festival

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AND Leeds Ukulele Festival

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Come and join in the mass strum at the festival – see tab above for the songsheets! ALL WELCOME :-)

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We have been busily practising for our performances at this year’s OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL!

We’re delighted to be playing 3 (official!) concerts…

Come and see us


1pm at Whitakers Pub
5pm outside The Woolpack
8pm at The Black Swan


We will be hosting an open mic here at The Woolpack between 3pm and 4pm and perhaps partaking in a little ale and sing at The Old Cock around 7pm before we head off to the Black Swan

Hope to see you there!

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A New Season for OUO

It was brilliant to be back in session last night at The Woolpack Studios. So great to be strumming and singing again.

We’ve got loads to look forward to between now and Christmas (check out the GIGS page!)

Last night we started some new songs

Honolulu Rock-a Roll-a (Moon Mullican)
Hotel California (The Eagles) check out my demo here if you’d like to give the tab a try

Village Green Preservation Society (The Kinks – Kate Rusby hybrid version :-) )
Alright (Supergrass)

We also revisted

Barbara Ann (Beach Boys) for the Leeds Ukulele Festival
Common People (Pulp)

Here are the set lists for the September gigs


We’re playing at

Otley Folk Festival (20th Sept)
1pm at Whitakers, 5pm at The Woolpack Studios and 8pm at The Black Horse

Pool Beer Festival (26th September)

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Leeds Ukulele Festival (27th September)

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It’s also a very exciting month as JAKE SHIMABUKURO is coming to LEEDS! I’d strongly recommend you get tickets to see this incredible ukulele virtuoso… check him out here

Jake will be at Leeds Town Hall on 18th September… I have front row seats! Get your tickets from


See y’all next week for more ukulele fun :-)

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We’re taking a break!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to wish you all a lovely August – I hope it is full of sunshine, strumming and good times! We had some awesome gigs over the past couple of months – the carnival, the walking festival, Kirkstall Festival and The Woolpack Party at Korks. Thank you to all who came to play and support us :-)

One particular highlight for me was hearing Otley Ukulele Orchestra and Otley A Cappella Choir perform Weather With You and One Day Like This together.

OAC and OUO July 15



We’ll be back in session on Monday 7th September 2015 in the new look Woolpack Studios! We are still raising money for our building works which will make our Monday sessions even better – if you can help (any donation is much appreciated!) then please visit

In the meantime please have a look at our GIGS and DATES FOR YOUR DIARY tabs at the top of the page… there are loads of exciting gigs and events coming up between now and next summer!

I will be working on new arrangements over August to make sure you all have lots of lovely songs to get stuck into in September!

Until then keep on strumming my friends :-)


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