Monthly Archives: March 2013

My Birthday Gingerbread Ukuleles!

Last night’s strum-a-thon session (anyone else’s fingers hurting today?!) was topped off with a helium balloon, gingerbread ukuleles and some lovely OUO members serenading me with happy birthday (accompanied of course on their ukuleles)! C, F and G – in case you were wondering!

Happy Birthday Jen

thanks nikki and janine for the awesome gingerbread!

Ginger Ukes

As you always use birthdays to do the whole “what has happened in the last year” thing, i realised that last year the OUO didn’t exist, i didn’t know all these lovely people, and i certainly wasn’t having this much fun on a weekly basis!!

Just wait until the OUO first birthday…..we’ll have a reet knees up!

back to last night then…

In the first session we did a bit of a greatest hits – having a sing through songs we have been working on this term.

Last night we ran the songs from the set in preparation for the gig next week. find the set list here…. WOOLPACK ALL STARS SHOWCASE mar13

Please bring as many people as you can to support us to the gig next monday at the courthouse! it’s going to be so much fun!

Coming up at our first session back after Easter (the next session in MON 8th APRIL) some new songs for us to learn together!

in the mean time….keep on strumming!

x

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IMPORTANT DATES! MAR-APR 2013

hello all!

just wanted to make sure everyone knew the following dates

MON18th MAR    – normal session 6.30-7.30,

– last rehearsal before performance 7.30-8.30

MON 25th MAR  – no session at the Woolpack – both junior OUO and OUO are playing at the Courthouse as part of the      Woolpack All-Stars Showcase. evening starts at 7.30pm. please spread the word and come and support us!

WOOLPACK ALL STARS GIG FLYER copy

 

MON 1st APR       – no session – bank holiday!

MON 8th APR      – back to normal with new songs and lots more fun!

 

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Junior OUO update

it’s been a while since i filled you in on Otley’s young ukulele enthusiasts! let me tell you…. it takes commitment and determination to turn up on saturday morning during term time at 9am! but they do it and they are incredible!

we are really lucky to have a gathering of young people ranging from school years 5-9 at the moment. but new players are always more than welcome.

recently we have been working on songs requested by the group that they would like to perform at the Courthouse on the 25th. (did i mention there was a gig coming up???! 😉 )

AMERICAN IDIOT AMERICAN IDIOT – tab

DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY

PARTY ROCK ANTHEM – lyrics+chords PARTY ROCK ANTHEM – tab

HEY SOUL SISTER

the whole point of the junior OUO is to let young people have some fun with music, playing songs they want to play, in an informal setting whilst at the same time encouraging musical progression through practise and developing skills and building confidence.

we think they totally rock. come along to the gig and find out for yourselves

x

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Blizzard schmizzard!

Massive respect to all of you who ventured out in the snow last night to come and play your ukuleles with gusto! We had great fun and certainly warmed up pretty quickly!

We covered some of the songs we have been working on over the last few weeks and they sound really good. working together on strumming and rhythm we sound like we have been playing together for years. i hope that this comes across to orchestra members new and old…don’t underestimate how difficult it can be to be a part of a large group. you all work so hard and it really shows…the songs sound better all the time and the rate at which we learn new songs is incredible! well done team!

Blowin’ In the Wind

UMBRELLA

FOXY LADY

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

HOUND DOG

i also introduced a new song COUNTRY ROADS by John Denver. this was at the request of an orchestra member…and it is a song that until this week i have not really encountered (of course i knew the chorus!). but it was OUO to the rescue when i had a total mind blank in the verse! it was all a bit confusing for me but those of you who did know it really helped the rest of the group out. it was group work at it’s musical best! so thank you!

WOOLPACK ALL STARS GIG FLYER copy

in the second session we really worked on the set for the gig on 25th March – download the set list below and get your music in order for the gig

WOOLPACK ALL STARS SHOWCASE mar13

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO and  Sunshine of Your Love (lyrics and chords) were my particular favourites last night.

So next week (18th March) we will go through the whole set beginning to end so please try and be there if you are hoping to perform with us on the 25th. and more importantly…bring as many people to see us play as possible! it’s only 3pounds to get in and it will all be done by 10.30pm!

MORE DATES FOR THE DIARY……

Mon 18th March 6.30pm – 7.30pm; normal session

7.30pm – 8.30pm; full run through set for the 25th

Mon 25th March; NO SESSION AT WOOLPACK! see you at THE COURTHOUSE, OTLEY from 7.30pm WOOLPACK ALLSTARS GIG! it’s gonna be BIG!

Thurs 28th March 7pm – 9pm (ish) Otley Ukulele Orchestra and Otley A Cappella ‘”aftershow” party at the Woolpack! bring a bottle and a little snack to share with your ukulele and singing buddies! there will be music and fun and chat to bring in Easter Bank Holiday.

Mon 1st April (Bank Holiday Monday); NO SESSION

Mon 8th April – BACK TO NORMAL!

so have fun practising and see you on the 18th!

ta ra for now

x

 

 

 

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From Rihanna to The Beatles in one hour!

We had a lovely session once again last night and the new songs are really taking shape. It’s great to see people coming back who are new to playing the ukulele and enjoying being part of the group. Keep practising the chords and the strumming and don’t worry if you don’t get things straight away….it’s all about the practise (but mainly about having some fun)!

We looked at these songs last night in the first session

UMBRELLA

BARBARA ANN

FOXY LADY

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On

FROM ME TO YOU

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

And in the second session we looked at the songs we will be performing on the 25th March at the Woolpack All Stars Showcase!

WOOLPACK ALL STARS GIG FLYER copy

Here is the set list for the gig

WOOLPACK ALL STARS SHOWCASE mar13!

we’re really excited to be playing at the Courthouse again…I hope you will be able to come and see us play if you’re not strumming along with us!

ta ra for now x

 

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