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A New Season for OUO

It was brilliant to be back in session last night at The Woolpack Studios. So great to be strumming and singing again.

We’ve got loads to look forward to between now and Christmas (check out the GIGS page!)

Last night we started some new songs

Honolulu Rock-a Roll-a (Moon Mullican)
Hotel California (The Eagles) check out my demo here if you’d like to give the tab a try

Village Green Preservation Society (The Kinks – Kate Rusby hybrid version 🙂 )
Alright (Supergrass)

We also revisted

Barbara Ann (Beach Boys) for the Leeds Ukulele Festival
Common People (Pulp)

Here are the set lists for the September gigs


We’re playing at

Otley Folk Festival (20th Sept)
1pm at Whitakers, 5pm at The Woolpack Studios and 8pm at The Black Horse

Pool Beer Festival (26th September)

Pool Beer Festival Poster

Leeds Ukulele Festival (27th September)

Ukulele festival flyer

Buy your tickets now from

It’s also a very exciting month as JAKE SHIMABUKURO is coming to LEEDS! I’d strongly recommend you get tickets to see this incredible ukulele virtuoso… check him out here


Jake will be at Leeds Town Hall on 18th September… I have front row seats! Get your tickets from


See y’all next week for more ukulele fun 🙂

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Weather With You

We love a good weather related song here at Otley Ukulele Orchestra!

We have been looking at this song in the 7pm-8pm session and we will be perfoming it with Otley A Cappella choir on 24th July at our summer concert at Korks. Hope you can make it!

Have a listen to the demo I have recorded… hope it will give you a sense of what it will sound like! There are several ukulele parts – 2 chords and 2 tab/fingerpicking. It really adds some depth to the arrangement and sounds lovely in the group.

Weather With You MP3 demo


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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!

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

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)


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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