Summer 2015

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


PLEASE BE AWARE THAT 20th JULY will be our last session until September

See y’all real soon

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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

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The calm before the storm (Thanks to Simon C for the photo!)

The calm before the storm (Thanks to Simon C for the photo!)





















The Dalek tried to take our Trophy!

The Dalek tried to take our Trophy!


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Ukulele Crash Course for Beginners

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!

Uke Crash Course OCT-NOV 2015 jpeg

Crash Course Reg Form OCT-NOV 2015

email for more info

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Weather With You

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


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News Just In!


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!

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!

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June 2015

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

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

OUO and RUG on Stage at Disability Rocks Festival



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

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!


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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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