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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The Carnival is Coming, the Carnival is Coming!

It’s that time of year again… we’re making decorations and we’re sorting out our fancy dress costumes…!

Join us Saturday 17th June at Otley Carnival – why not grab a prime spot outside The Woolpack Studios from 1pm to watch the entire parade? There’ll be food from All Good Things too 🙂

We’ll all be back from 2:30pm at The Woolpack Studios for the aftershow party to perform some more songs for you throughout the afternoon… we hope to see you there!

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Come and join us for a party and outdoor gig (fingers crossed) on 15th May 2017! We’ll be playing our TOP TEN GREATEST HITS! Email me if you’d like to take part in the vote on jen@bighooha.co.uk.

ALL PLAYERS PAST AND PRESENT are welcome to come and join the fun – as well as those of you who’d just like to come and listen or sing along and enjoy the party atmosphere.

We look forward to seeing you soon


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The Woolpack Music Studios Showcase

woolpack showcase april 2017

We’re ready and raring to play this Friday at  The Woolpack Studios Showcase event at Otley Parish Church, 21st April 2017. There will be three special performances from us and the other adult community music ensembles that meet at The Woolpack Studios; Otley A Cappella Choir and The Woolpack Music Social Club.

Make sure you save some room for the delicious and wholesome food from All Good Things and the locally brewed beer from Paul Briscoe.

This is a family friendly event (9:45pm is projected finish time) and audience members can pay what they feel, either on the night in cash or via PayPal by following THIS LINK!

All money raised after we have covered the costs of the event will go towards keeping the Woolpack Studios going and supporting the work we do here in Otley. Hope to see you there 🙂

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We’re having a week off!

Just a quick reminder that there will be no session MONDAY 3rd APRIL!

We’ll be back to normal on 10th April so hope to see you then! There will even be a session on Easter Monday (17th) as we prepare for our next gig at Otley Parish Church. We’ll be performing at The Woolpack Studios Showcase event, which is a pay as you feel night – so your friends and family can come along to watch, have a drink (there’ll be a licensed bar), have some tasty food courtesy of Nikki at All Good Things – and donate if they can. Once the costs for the evening are covered, any money raised will go towards our ongoing work here at The Woolpack Studios – so please spread the love! It’s going to be a brilliant night 🙂

If you’ve signed up to play at this gig – the set list is now on the SONG SHEETS AND SET LISTS page at the top of the screen!

For tickets… please CLICK HERE!

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Ukulele Fun in 2017

We’ve been having some fun sessions so far this year, learning new songs and revisiting some songs from the OUO archives! The songs of 1967 have been getting some attention – 50 years since such great tunes as Waterloo Sunset and Itchycoo Park!

We also played our first gig of the year at Cafe Lux in Pudsey, which is home to The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre. Lesley, Jill and the Luxulele group did a great job organising the fun night of music – and raised a total of £794!!!

Big thanks to all who came to play 🙂


We will be strumming this half term… (13th February)


Monday 20th March

Monday 3rd April


Skipton Three Links Club – Saturday 11th March

Otley Parish Church – Friday 21st April


Do you have a friend who’d like to get in on the ukulele fun? We’re running another 9 week course for Beginners and Improvers starting Tuesday evenings on 25th April. Email jen@bighooha.co.uk for more details



Hope to see you all really soon 🙂

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I hope you have all had a lovely festive season – we will be back strumming and singing together from 7pm on MONDAY 9th JANUARY at The Woolpack Studios…

Expect new songs and good times!

See y’all then 🙂

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Christmas Party 2016

Hello friends!

Please come to party with us on 18th December at The Fleece on Westgate, Otley from 8:30pm!

Expect some fun tunes (some with a Christmas theme!) and good times with friends. All welcome – if you play a little bit and have only been coming for a short while… join in the songs you know! The party is also for our non-playing friends to have a good sing song and dance (it has been known!)

Hope to see you there 🙂


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Ukulele Courses starting January 2017

Two new nine-week courses are starting on Tuesday 10th January here at The Woolpack Studios, Otley.
Ukulele for Beginners (7:15pm-8:15pm) is designed for total beginners and will get you strumming in no time!
Ukulele for Improvers (8:30pm-9:30pm) is for those with a good grasp of basic chords in the C family (C, F, G, G7 and Am) but want to further their chord knowledge and strumming technique.

For more details please see our BEGINNERS COURSES page!


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Otley Beer Festival 2016

We’re very excited to be performing at this year’s Otley Beer Festival! We’ll be just one of the many local musical acts to be gracing the stage this year… so why not make a weekend of it and come and join us!

We’ll be playing from 6pm-8pm on Saturday 19th November at Otley Rugby Club on Pool Road. Entry is £3 which includes commemorative glass. OBF raises money for local charities too so everyone is a winner!

Find out more here….


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