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.
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 :-)
We had our first session of the year outside last night – hello summer!
We started working on these 3 classics, which incorporated finger picking, tabbing and some good old fashioned strumming!
Proud Mary – Creedance Clearwater Revival
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Common People – Pulp
And we certainly have lots to prepare for!
11th July – Kirkstall Festival, Cloisters Stage 4:30pm
12th July – Otley Food Festival, Boroughgate 2:30pm
24th July – Summer Party with Otley A Cappella and The Fortnights, Korks from 7:30pm (£5)
30th July – Summer Social Wharfemeadows Park – bring the family (picnic, rounders etc)
8th August – Wedding at Kirkstall Abbey
Please see set lists for more details
OUO JULY:AUG 2015
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT 20th JULY will be our last session until September
See y’all real soon
WE DID IT! AGAIN! We’re so so happy that we came FIRST in the Adult Float Category at Otley Carnival 20th June 2015. I would like to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone who helped from brainstorming ideas, tearing up thousands of pieces of red tissue paper, making a giant drum/palm tree/backdrop, carried stuff from The Woolpack to the float, plugged in microphones, made a massive effort with the costumes and strummed and sang like you life depended on it!
You are all truly ukulele legends. We had such a fun day :-)
Photos courtesy of Andy Hoyle of Otley Camera Club
The calm before the storm (Thanks to Simon C for the photo!)
The Dalek tried to take our Trophy!
I will be running a Ukulele Crash Course designed for total beginners starting this October. Prices include a book and CD to take home with you! This course is ideal if you would like to join Otley Ukulele Orchestra (or another group!) but need to build up your skills first. Please spread the word!
Crash Course Reg Form OCT-NOV 2015
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
We love a good weather related song here at Otley Ukulele Orchestra!
We have been looking at this song in the 7pm-8pm session and we will be perfoming it with Otley A Cappella choir on 24th July at our summer concert at Korks. Hope you can make it!
Have a listen to the demo I have recorded… hope it will give you a sense of what it will sound like! There are several ukulele parts – 2 chords and 2 tab/fingerpicking. It really adds some depth to the arrangement and sounds lovely in the group.
Weather With You MP3 demo
OTLEY CARNIVAL 20th JUNE 2015
I can’t wait until Carnival day – it’s going to be so much fun… seeing everyone in their fancy dress! :-)
I’m also excited to tell you that we have just confirmed a Carnival aftershow party at Whitakers from 4pm on Carnival day – hope you can make it!
WOO HOO for Carnival Day!
I have just secured the Grasington Bunk Barn for the weekend 24th-26th June 2016. It’s right in the middle of the Grassington Festival – really hope you can join us as it was so much fun this year… there’ll be lots of opportunity to play and have fun together. Put the dates in your diary!
I can’t believe it’s June all ready and there is so much to look forward to!
OTLEY UKULELE ORCHESTRA – every Monday 7pm – 9pm – ALL WELCOME :-)
In the 7pm – 8pm sessions we’ll be continuing to have a good old strum and sing – songs are suitable for new players as well as those with more experience. Songs we are looking at the moment range from rock and roll to disco to 90s indie!
8pm – 9pm session – we’ll be working towards our gigs that are coming up – there are 5 opportunities to play together in June!
Sign up sheets will be available in the 8pm session from this evening.
If you’ve never been to the 8pm session you’d be more than welcome to come and have a listen in… you may find that you can join in with a lot of what is going on!
Sunday 7th June 4:30pm – 5:15pm – Ant and Helen’s Garden Party (Otley)
Saturday 20th June – Otley Carnival and Aftershow Party
Monday 22nd June 2pm-3pm – Headingley Hall Care Home sing-a-long for the residents
Saturday 27th June 4:30pm – Haworth Ukulele Group Extravaganza
Sunday 28th June 7:30pm – Otley Walking Festival Follow The Strings Walk/Pub Crawl!
Find the set lists for all the June gigs here
OUO JUNE 2015
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are in Leeds Town Hall 12th June. There are still tickets available… anyone up for a drink in the interval?! I’ll see you there!
Haworth Ukulele Group Extravaganza is a whole weekend of Ukulele fun organised by our friends in Haworth – for the programme of events please click here
Our very own Tony is starring in Burley Theatre Group’s production of Alice in Wonderland… we hear his Ukulele will also be making a star appearance! Good Luck Tony! If you’d like to go along click here for more details
Big thank you to all who came to play this weekend at the wonderful Disability Rocks event. Wr had a great time… I hope we can do it again next year. It was lovely to have signing from our friends at Sunshine and Smiles too!
OUO and RUG on Stage at Disability Rocks Festival
GREAT NORTHERN UKULELE FESTIVAL 2015
I had a wonderful time at the GNUF festival – very inspiring. It was a really well organised and varied festival – here are a few little phone snaps! I’m looking forward to next year all ready!!
Great Northern Ukulele Festival 2015
I really hope to see you soon for more playing and singing together… thank you so much for your continued support of all things OUO!