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Happy New Year! Here’s to an incredible 2015…

It was absolutely fantastic to see so many people turn up for the first OUO of 2015! I had missed you all over the Christmas break.

Tell you what though – it was brilliant to get stuck into some new songs (as much as I love Christmas – I am happy to be doing some non-festive songs!).

I always get nervous when we start a new term…will people like the new songs? will people come back??!

Here’s what we got up to this week…

SESSION 1 7pm – 8pm

RIVERS OF BABYLON

RIVERS OF BABYLON tab

HEARTBREAK HOTEL

HEARTBREAK HOTEL tab

FROM ME TO YOU

SESSION 2 8pm – 9pm

Our first this year is a fundraiser for an incredible young man called Sol.

SUNSHINE FOR SOLOMON 30.01.15

SUNSHINE FOR SOLOMON 30.01.15

If you’d like to come please get in touch – tickets £5!

Sol has requested we play this song…

ASK

ASK intro tab1

Hope he likes Blondie too!!

CALL ME

CALL ME tab

Hope to see you soon!
🙂

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8th September 2014 – Sunny Afternoon

We had a lot of fun looking at these songs last night…

Session 1 7pm

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE

SUNNY AFTERNOON

SURFIN’ USA

FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE

FRIDAY I’m IN LOVE

Session 2 8pm

We continued our practise for Spook-u-lele, which is going to be bigger and better than last year!! I’m so excited!

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE

THERE S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE tab

GHOST TOWN

GHOST TOWN TAB

and we finished on a less spooky note…

MR BLUE SKY

MR BLUE SKY – SOLO

GREAT NORTHERN UKULELE FESTIVAL
It’s this weekend in Huddersfield! I will be there on Sunday… maybe see you there? I have never been before, but was drawn in by the variety of workshops and performances on offer. Should be fun! Check out

http://www.northernuke.com/

for more details!

OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL
We will be performing on Sunday 21st September
4pm at The Woolpack
7pm at The Methodist Church

Have a look at the Set Lists here for more details – we will be covering most of these songs over the next couple of sessions…

FOLK FEST SEPT2014

Have a look at http://www.otleyfolkfestival.com/ for more information about the festival

Ta ra for now

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1st September 2014 – A New Season of Strumming has Begun

What a great kick start to the new season we had last night at The Woolpack Studios? It was so great to see so many familiar faces and to welcome new ones too into out Ukulele Family!

There are loads of events and concerts to look forward to between now and Christmas… so make sure you keep up to date by being on the emailing list (email jen@bighooha.co.uk to be put on) or ‘like’ our page on Facebook.
I have also updates the Calendar which you can access by going to the tabs at the top of the home page.

Here’s what we did in last night’s session…

7pm-8pm
SURFIN’ USA

SURFIN USA solo

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE

We are very lucky to have such talent in our group. This next song ‘You Are Beautiful’ is written by OUOs very own Darren Smith. We started to work on this last night – a lovely song with a nice strumming pattern and tab parts too. The melody is so catchy… I’ve been humming it for weeks!

Have a listen to Darren playing it here (there is also a tutorial for the different parts too…) and listen out for his pet who is obviously wanting to join in

You Are Beautiful

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL tab

8pm-9pm

We’re starting early on SPOOK-U-LELE preparations this year, just because we are going to have our biggest and best one yet! Keep posted for more details! 😉

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE

THERE S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE tab

Then we carried on with

UNDER PRESSURE

UNDER PRESSURE tab

Finished off by

FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE

FRIDAY

Until next week my friends!
🙂

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14th July 2014

This past weekend was another one fun-filled with Ukulele action!

Friday night was Julie and Gary’s party up in Menston. We had a great time playing for all their family and friends and enjoyed all the lovely food! Julie and Gary are a lovely couple and were very generous donating money to the OUO and also giving us all a bottle of wine!

Saturday was Kirkstall Festival which, once again, was glorious weather and a wonderful atmosphere. We loved entertaining the crowds gathered in the CLoisters. Such a lovely place to play.

I wish I had some photos of us playing!

The dramatic Kirkstall Abbey

The dramatic Kirkstall Abbey

Then we all headed off to The Bridge for an impromptu sing-a-long in the car park beer garden! We made some new friends and entertained the drinkers for a while before we caught the bus home. What a great weekend!

So in the session on Monday we started looking at these new songs!

SURFIN’ USA

SURFIN USA solo

UNDER PRESSURE

UNDER PRESSURE tab

Important Information!

MONDAY 21st July will be our last session
WEDNESDAY 23rd July is the strum and sing with RUG at The New Highwood (8pm)
THURSDAY 24th July is Summer Social with Otley A Cappella. Bring things to sit on, things to drink and games to play to Wharfemeadows Park (past skate park) for 7:30pm. We’ll play rounders! If weather terrible there will be a plan b – but check Facebook!

See you soon I hope
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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!!

hope 2

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…

1st Session
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE

FRIDAY

2nd Session
HAWAII 5-0 CHORDS

HAWAII 5-0

Keep up the hard work and see you very soon I hope
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17th February 2014

We had a lovely strum last night and it was great to have a sing with you all too.

We started the evening off with some cheery and sunny songs… which seems to have worked because it is a glorious day today! 🙂

THREE LITTLE BIRDS jan14

SLOOP JOHN B

And then we continued to work on these songs… have a listen to the demos so you can get familiar with the song lay out and why not try out the tab if you’re feeling adventurous?!

PRETTY WOMAN L+C

PRETTY WOMAN – TAB

Pretty Woman Demo

RING OF FIRE

RING OF FIRE tab

Ring Of Fire Demo

Then we very briefly revisited this song – we will have another look at this next week…

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

Then in the second session we continued to look at

HAPPY

Happy with vocals

Happy without vocals

and

IT MUST BE LOVE

IT MUST BE LOVE instrumental

IT MUST BE LOVE Tab 1

It Must be Love Demo

Well – that has given you plenty to be going on with!!! Happy Practising you crazy cats!

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20th January 2014

Hello everyone!

This week’s session was surely fun and full of energy. No matter how tired/lethargic/grey I may feel on a Monday… by the time 7pm comes around I know my day is going to improve. That’s the power of music… and the power of participating in music with other people who feel the same!

Here’s what we got up to last night…

TWIST AND SHOUT (OUO)

TWIST AND SHOUT TAB (OUO)

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME tab

MP3

MY GIRL

MY GIRL – TAB (OUO)

MP3

we’ll do the solo next week!!

then we started to look at this new song….

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

i have done a video tutorial so those of you who don’t know the song can get familiar with it
here it is!

In the second session, we prepared for our up and coming gig and concentrated on these two songs which we hope to perform on the 31st. I think they’re pretty much there!!

EVER FALLEN IN LOVE

EVER FALLEN IN LOVE TAB

MP3

IT MUST BE LOVE

IT MUST BE LOVE Tab 1

IT MUST BE LOVE instrumental

MP3

well I think that’s all for now!

Hope to see you next week… if not then hopefully on the 31st!!

CAFE LUX SET 31.01.14

31.01.14 JPEG

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