Get that fancy dress costume out of the wardrobe for it is that time of year again… SPOOKULELE IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Grab your tickets now for the funnest and most terrifying Halloween party in town!

There’ll be top quality tunes from Otley Ukulele Orchestra, a vegetarian curry supper and prizes for most hideous fancy dress.

All over 18s welcome… see you there !



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OUO to appear at Otley Folk Festival!

Come and see us play outside The Woolpack Studios as part of this year’s Black Sheep Brewery Otley Folk Festival!

There will be live music, food from All Good Things and a Real Ale bar at The Woolpack Studios Saturday 16th September 12pm-8pm
Sunday 17th September 12pm-5pm

We’re kicking things off 12pm on Sunday 17th. We’ve got a great set together so come and see us!

On Saturday, there’ll be. few familiar faces performing too… Debra, John, Tom and Dean have been working on an arrangement of War Of The Worlds on ukulele called (wait for it) ULLALELE! We can’t wait to see them in action!

Also you’ll recognise other OUO players performing in different groups: Simon Carey with Currie and Carey – Simon will be playing harmonica and mandolin in addition to his trusty Uke! The Broomies will also be making an appearance with their ukulele, guitar and vocal loveliness!

It’s going to be a brilliant weekend… hope to see you there 🙂

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Have a lovely summer!

Hey everyone – just to let you know we will be back in session Monday 4th September at The Woolpack Studios.

Please note that the session times have changed

Session 1 (fun sing a long session – all welcome!) 7:30pm-8:30pm
Session 2 (more performance focussed – all welcome!) 8:30pm-9:30pm

Each session is £5 or £6 for both!

Aloha for now!


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Ukulele for Beginners and Improvers starting this September!

Fancy learning the ukulele with us or improving your techniques such as bar chords and TAB? Then book yourself on one of our fun and friendly ukulele courses!

9-week courses starting Tuesday 26th September 

  • September: 26th
  • October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st 
  • November: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

BEGINNERS 7:15pm – 8:15pm- £80.00  

This course is designed for total beginners and those who would like to refresh their skills after having some time away from playing. The course will be relaxed and fun and at a pace suitable for new players. You will learn in a small and friendly group environment:

  • how to get the best sound from your ukulele
  • good playing techniques
  • basic strumming patterns
  • how to read song sheets with lyrics and chords
  • songs using basic chords
  • an introduction to playing single notes

IMPROVERS 8.30pm-9.30pm- £80.00 

This course is suitable for those who have enjoyed the Beginners Course or for people with a good grasp of the basic chords (C, C7, F, G, G7, Am) who want to continue on their ukulele journey. We will cover more open position chords and learn about moveable chords and bar chords as well as developing our strumming. We will also cover finger-picking and TAB (playing melodies).

Please email jen@bighooha.co.uk to book on or to pay via PayPal follow this link



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Kirkstall Festival

We are delighted to be appearing once again at Kirkstall Festival this Saturday 8th July. Come and see us on the Cloisters Stage 4:30pm – 5:30pm

We’d love to see you!


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Join us at 7:30pm Friday 30th June for a magical musical tour of Otley with the Walking Festival! We’ll sing, we’ll laugh, we’ll walk a little and we may partake in a beer or two at some of Otley’s finest establishments (you’ll have to come and find out which pubs we’ll be visiting!) All welcome… the event is free but please bring some change as we’ll be raising money of Otley Walking Festival.




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Otley Lions Flower Bed Opening

Otley Lions have been big supporters of OUO and The Woolpack Studios since we’ve been here in town. So we were delighted to be asked to play at the opening of their new flower bed in Wharfemeadows Park on Saturday 10th June. Come and join us there from 11:15am and help us sing some summery and flowery related songs 🙂



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