Monthly Archives: November 2012

songs you never thought you would hear on a ukulele….but actually sound GREAT!

one of the things i wanted for our orchestra when it started was to do songs we all know and love that you might not a) expect to hear on a ukulele or b) have the guts to perform if it was just yourself on say a guitar or playing the piano. but there are so many great songs in the world – and some of the ones we have picked to work on as a group just make me smile from ear to ear as soon as we start playing them. i hope it has the same effect for people listening too!

of course we have been looking at our christmas songs over the past couple of weeks so thought i would just do the shortcuts to the music here so if you missed the session you can catch up.

CHRISTMAS SONGS (4 in total):


Last Christmas TAB

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU + All I Want for Christmas intro tab

these are not my arrangements Ukulele Christmas Song Book but in here you will find the chords and lyrics for LAST CHRISTMAS and I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY

we also looked at the songs for Teal Beck Residential Home (Monday 10th December – meet at woolpack 6pm or teal beck 6.30pm)





we’ll be playing for 30 minutes maximum so the other songs will be decided on monday.


for our up and coming performance at the courthouse (17th december) we will be joining forces with the OTLEY A CAPPELLA choir to sing this bing crosby and the andrew sisters song

we are doing a slightly different arrangement….have a listen to my demo version here

Mele Kalikimaka 3 part harmony with ukulele

sheet music to follow!!


remember the dates coming up

sunday 9th december – victorian christmas fayre/woolpack open day 2.30pm (1 hour max)

monday 10th december – teal beck residential home 6.30pm (30 mins)

saturday 15th december – sela bar leeds (time tbc probably around 7pm – 1 hour max)

monday 17th december – woolpack christmas show @ the courthouse from 7pm-10pm we will probably play for 45 mins and will be our last get together of 2012!!!!


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an eventful week….

i don’t know about everyone else but my fingers are only just recovering from friday’s gig and then monday’s 2hrsession of exciting playing!

i really want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who played on friday at the beer festival – i was so happy that so many of you turned up to play and just know that the audience thought we were brilliant. there were so many smily faces singing along!

we all know the sound issues our little ukes have and we struggled to hear ourselves on stage let alone be heard by the audience! the important bit is that we battled through the noise, sweat, cramped conditions and performed like our lives depended on it! i really believe that we can build a great reputation on gigs like that and hope we can do more in the future. every gig is a learning experience – we can only go from strength to strength with all the dedication and hard work that you put in…



so to monday!

we had a lovely evening looking at songs for the up and coming events….

sunday 9th december –  otley victorian fayre

monday 10th december – teal beck residential home

monday 17th december – the woolpack christmas party at the courthouse

saturday 15th december – the sela bar, leeds city centre


we looked at these christmas favourites….


ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU (All I Want for Christmas intro tab),

and from the Ukulele Christmas Song Book (not my arrangements) we did LAST CHRISTMAS (find the tab i wrote for it here…..Last Christmas TAB) and I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY (it had a few mistakes on it so we changed the chord order slightly – but play through it you will get the idea)

then we practised songs the residents from teal beck have requested …





keep playing and see you very soon!




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what’s your favourite…..?!

i don’t know about anyone else but i thought that was a pretty intense (but awesome as always!) ukulele session this evening! we rattled through the songs and there was a lot to take in with the new chords, new songs and then in the second session, preparing for the gig on friday!

we spent some time tonight in the first session looking at a couple of newies…..

WE’LL MEET AGAIN – some lovely chord changes although some new ones to learn

BLUE CHRISTMAS – first christmas song of the season!

and we also revisited HOUND DOG from last week, then EIGHT DAYS A WEEK and I’m a Believer


in the second session we concentrated on the songs for friday. we are really excited about playing at the otley beer festival – hopefully there will be some samples left for us when we have finished 😀 !

check out the SET LIST FOR FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER and download/email me if you need any info or print outs etc.

we will be meeting and having a run through some of the songs at the woolpack 6pm-6.45pm (if you can make it) then walking to the rugby club for 7pm. on stage between 8pm and 8.30pm and we will play about an hour. please make sure you are at the rugby club for 8pm AT THE LATEST. if you have your OUO t-shirt then please wear that if not then something blue/white on the top half would be cool.

i can’t wait for FRIDAY!

final thought for the day…… F#dim! my new favourite chord!






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elvis, sparklers, cake and abba – a typical night with the otley ukulele orchestra!

i have to admit that i expected a quieter than normal session last night….but as it turns out it wasn’t just me who would rather play the ukulele in the warm than stand in the cold and coo at fireworks. that said – i at least wanted a sparkler so we marked the half way point in the forecourt at the woolpack with sparklers for all! it was fun and no one burnt any fingers so we could crack on with some playing for the last hour!

we covered lots of songs yesterday including 2 newies –

HOUND DOG – elvis presley. everyone attempted the riff too and it sounded so cool!!

MAMMA MIA – we looked at this in the second session as it has a few riff sections to it (MAMMA MIA TAB) but by the end of the evening it sounded really good….i wondered how well abba would go down but it’s a great pop tune with a catchy melody and nice chord changes – it was bound to sound even better played by us! 😉

we also looked at these songs throughout the session

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUNQUE SERA SERAI Walk the Line (amended) and WILD MOUNTAIN THYME lyrics and chords

keep practising!

so the next event for us to think about is the OTLEY BEER FESTIVAL on FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER. time to be confirmed (hopefully by next week). i will put a set list together so we can run it next monday.


PS – picture of abba for you….note white jumpsuits/ thigh high boots….this will be your stage outfit at the otley beer festival. we set the trends round here!


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