18th May 2015

It was brilliant to welcome back Manitoba Hal to Otley this weekend. He did a very informative and theory based workshop on how to change any song into any key. It was all about the circle of fifths and I really took some practical tips away from it. I always find that songs are not in a good key for me to sing so always spend ages trying to work out how to transpose a song for the group. After the workshop we had a strum-a-long with Roundhay Ukulele Group, which is always fun! Manitoba Hal then performed songs from his new album “Dancing In The Moonlight”. He uses loops and a double necked guitar to get lots of texture into his performance. It was truly captivating.

Manitoba Hal live at Korks

Manitoba Hal live at Korks

A big thank you to Korks for hosting the evening.

You can check out more about Manitoba Hal here…

At our session this week we looked at some new songs…

No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley and The Wailers
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
Weather With You – Crowded House

We have been practising the songs with multiple parts and lovely harmony singing too. It was sounding really lovely!

In the 8pm session we focussed on the Carnival songs

Lovely Rita
Getting Better
Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help From My Friends

But they are sounding so great all ready I think they might stay in the set for good!!! They are really fun to play!

Remember there is no session next week for the Bank Holiday and our next gig is on 30th May at Nell Bank Ilkley for Disability Rocks. We’ll be on between 1pm -3pm. Here is the set list!

OUO MAY 2015

We’ve loads coming up in June so hopefully see you very soon!


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MANITOBA HAL returns to Otley!

The Ukulele Legend Manitoba Hal in association with the Great Northern Ukulele Festival will be returning to Otley to deliver a workshop and perform for us on Sunday 17th May. We’re very excited!

manitoba flyer 2015 with logo

Tickets are almost sold out – please email me for more details… jen@bighooha.co.uk

As part of the evening there will be a sing-a-long after the workshop and before Manitoba Hal performs. All tickets will allow you and your non-ukulele playing friends into the sing-a-long!

It should be a lot of fun!

I have chosen songs from Roundhay Ukulele Group as well as Otley Ukulele Orchestra so that you will all the songs. There is one song picked from the Woolpack Music Social Club – which you can download here…


All the other songs we have learned or played recently in our sessions. Here is the list

MANITOBA HAL sing-a-long 2015

Please bring copies of the songs with you for the sing-along and a music stand if you’d like one.

Please get in touch if you’d like any more details… :-)


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MAY 2015

We have lots to look forward to in May – and not just our 3rd Birthday!

Have a look at the set lists for the up and coming gigs – remember to sign up in the Monday session if you’d like to play at any of the gigs
OUO MAY 2015

In other news…
The Uke Express is going ahead again this year in November…
Check out the website for more details.
We had a lot of fun last year so hoping for the same again

Hope to see you all on Sunday 3rd for our Woolpack Festival and remember – we will not be meeting on either Bank Holiday Mondays in May

Cheerio for now!

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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…

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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 jen@bighooha.co.uk 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 (jen@bighooha.co.uk) 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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