Monthly Archives: June 2014

Otley Carnival & Otley Walking Festival – That was one AWESOME weekend!

What an incredible weekend of Ukulele fun?!

Saturday was the Carnival… and WE WON FIRST PRIZE in the Adult Group Category!

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I have to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who helped decorate the float, those of you who gave up your time and your homes and gardens to make, paint and create a little piece of Hawaii! I couldn’t have done it without you.

There are so many great pictures of everyone…

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float 2 2014

And on Sunday there was the ‘Follow The Strings’ – The Walking Festival tour of our town’s wonderful pubs. We visited The Fleece, The Horse and Farrier and The White Swan – thank you to all the staff who put up with 70 + strummers and walkers who descended upon them!

We raised £70 for the Walking Festival so WELL DONE EVERYONE! THANK YOU!

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Walking Festival (3 of 4) (THANK YOU TO ANDY HOYLE – OTLEY CAMERA CLUB)

Walking Festival (2 of 4) (THANK YOU TO ANDY HOYLE – OTLEY CAMERA CLUB)

Walking Festival (1 of 4)(THANK YOU TO ANDY HOYLE – OTLEY CAMERA CLUB)

So, back to business!!

We had a great session last night looking at the songs we will be playing for our friends at Tealbeck next week (30th)

These are the songs we will be playing
TEALBECK 30.06.14

 

Here is a video of us playing Bicycle Race! Massive THANK YOU to John Christmas for filming and editing the video!

 

I need to go and have a lie down in a dark room!

See you soon
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Coming Up… A Weekend of Ukulele Awesomeness!

Hello everyone!

This Saturday is Otley Carnival! I am SOOOO EXCITED 🙂

If you haven’t put your name down to be on the float – please come and cheer us on from the sidelines. Big huge thanks to everyone who has helped with making the decorations for the float so far. You really are wonderful people! And so talented!! I couldn’t have done any of this without you.

Please find the songs and meeting details here…

carnival set list

Then on Sunday is our 2nd Annual (!) Follow The Strings Walk, which is part of the Walking Festival. Big thanks to Terry Williams for helping put this together.

The itinerary and song list can be found here…

Walking Festival 2014 itinerary

Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun of this event – even if you only know 3 chords! It was such a laugh last year so the more the merrier. Don’t forget to tell everyone about it!

COMING UP

Haworth Ukulele Group Extravaganza – Saturday 28th June

OUO will be appearing in the afternoon and again in the evening for the open mic session. I will be getting names for this on Monday! Should be a lovely day out for us all. Transport can be arranged.

Tealbeck – Monday 30th June

We’ll be playing for the residents at Tealbeck instead of our first session. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. It’s a lovely ‘first gig’ experience too if you’re a little apprehensive about performing…

More details about July will be appearing shortly… there is a lot to keep us busy that’s for sure!

Keep on Strumming!!

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9th June 2014

It was great to be back together again for a regular session at The Woolpack last night. It seems like ages with all the Bank Holidays and the Hope and Social event over the last month or so.

We’ve had some fantastic ukulele times though!

MANITOBA HAL
The gig at Korks on 1st June was absolutely brilliant. The blues workshop was really fun as we all did a 12-bar blues shuffle in C together. Then we had a reet good sing song together with Roundhay Ukulele Group along with our friends and families. Manitoba Hal commented on our enthusiasm, skill and the fact that we did ambitious songs! Of course I slipped him a free CD and said we’d be happy to travel trans-atlantic one day to visit! His performance was captivating… I could’ve easily listened to Manitoba Hal all evening. His voice was gutsy yet sweet and his playing style so light and melodious. It was so lovely to hear a different style of playing. We hope to welcome him back next time he is in the UK.

manitoba hal

HOPE AND SOCIAL – TOUR OF INFINITE POSSIBILITY (and a load of RAIN!)
Welcoming Rich from Hope and Social along to Korks to learn the songs was such a laugh. I really hope we can do some more gigs with them in the future. He too was impressed by our sing song at the beginning of the session and loved our songs. We loved his too! Good fun to strum too.

Hope and Social

The gig itself on Saturday morning was not ruined by the heavy rain – in fact it stopped as we piled onto the stage with the band. It was such a great experience to play with so many people from our community. I loved the ambition and the idea behind the event that we had to get involved. It was great to see OUO and RUG getting to the front of the stage!!

Well done everyone!!

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COMING UP NEXT – 2 really fun events to get involved with!

Otley Carnival – spaces limited (21st) and Otley Walking Festival – everyone welcome (22nd)

LAST NIGHT’S SESSION

We had a look at a few songs we have been working on recently as well as these two new ones…

 

Keep up the hard work and see you very soon I hope
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