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Otley Food and Drink Festival 17th July

We are really pleased to announce that we will be performing at this year’s Otley Food and Drink Festival in Otley Market Square from 1pm this Sunday – 17th July. Please pop by and say ALOHA! We’ll be performing some upbeat songs guaranteed to get you singing along – but we’re only on for an hour so grab yourself some lovely food and come and watch us!

I’d also like to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who came to play and support us at the Kirkstall Festival this year – we managed to dodge the torrential downpours and had an excellent day! Thanks to Alan and the Kirkstall Festival team for having us – we hope to see you again next year!

KIRK 2016

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Otley Walking Festival – Follow The Strings!

It doesn’t seem a whole year since we did a musical walk around Otley pubs for the annual Otley Walking Festival! But here we are – only 2 days away from this fantastic event!

Join us from 7:30pm on FRIDAY 1st JULY outside The Woolpack Studios, where we will sing and play for you and then guide you on to The Horse and Farrier and on to the final destination: the riverside gardens at The Fleece.

It is not a strenuous walk and will be a lot of fun! Expect lots of singing along and good times 🙂

Hope to see you there!


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Our final performances of 2015!

Hope you will be able to join us for our final gigs of the year!


We’ll be at The Horse and Farrier from 8pm for an informal evening of music and fun with our Woolpack friends. We’re hoping Otley A Cappella Choir will let us play with them !

flyer 2015 snowflakes


We’re only playing 3 songs at this years SUNDAY SERVICE at KORKS – but it will be a great evening of music (4pm – 11pm) with loads of great acts. Money raised (£5 in) will go towards Otley Food Bank. Please bring an item of food with you!


for more details copy “Xmas Sunday Service 2015 | 20th Dec at Korks, Otley” into Facebook search



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Another Ukulele Weekend fast approaches!

We had such a great time at the weekend – Otley Folk Festival was really fun! We loved our three gigs (pictures to follow!)

Check out our performance of Walk Like an Egyptian from Saturday evening at The Black Horse

Coming up this weekend we are appearing live at Pool Beer Festival

Pool Beer Festival Poster

AND Leeds Ukulele Festival

Ukulele festival flyer

Come and join in the mass strum at the festival – see tab above for the songsheets! ALL WELCOME 🙂

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June 2015

I can’t believe it’s June all ready and there is so much to look forward to!

OTLEY UKULELE ORCHESTRA – every Monday 7pm – 9pm – ALL WELCOME 🙂

In the 7pm – 8pm sessions we’ll be continuing to have a good old strum and sing – songs are suitable for new players as well as those with more experience. Songs we are looking at the moment range from rock and roll to disco to 90s indie!

8pm – 9pm session – we’ll be working towards our gigs that are coming up – there are 5 opportunities to play together in June!
Sign up sheets will be available in the 8pm session from this evening.

If you’ve never been to the 8pm session you’d be more than welcome to come and have a listen in… you may find that you can join in with a lot of what is going on!

Sunday 7th June 4:30pm – 5:15pm – Ant and Helen’s Garden Party (Otley)
Saturday 20th June – Otley Carnival and Aftershow Party
Monday 22nd June 2pm-3pm – Headingley Hall Care Home sing-a-long for the residents
Saturday 27th June 4:30pm – Haworth Ukulele Group Extravaganza
Sunday 28th June 7:30pm – Otley Walking Festival Follow The Strings Walk/Pub Crawl!

Find the set lists for all the June gigs here

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are in Leeds Town Hall 12th June. There are still tickets available… anyone up for a drink in the interval?! I’ll see you there!
Haworth Ukulele Group Extravaganza is a whole weekend of Ukulele fun organised by our friends in Haworth – for the programme of events please click here
Our very own Tony is starring in Burley Theatre Group’s production of Alice in Wonderland… we hear his Ukulele will also be making a star appearance! Good Luck Tony! If you’d like to go along click here for more details

Big thank you to all who came to play this weekend at the wonderful Disability Rocks event. Wr had a great time… I hope we can do it again next year. It was lovely to have signing from our friends at Sunshine and Smiles too!

OUO and RUG on Stage at Disability Rocks Festival

OUO and RUG on Stage at Disability Rocks Festival



I had a wonderful time at the GNUF festival – very inspiring. It was a really well organised and varied festival – here are a few little phone snaps! I’m looking forward to next year all ready!!

Great Northern Ukulele Festival 2015

Great Northern Ukulele Festival 2015



I really hope to see you soon for more playing and singing together… thank you so much for your continued support of all things OUO!


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The Woolpack May Day Festival

We’re very excited about the up and coming bank holiday weekend and the TOUR DE YORKSHIRE! Here at OUO HQ we will be hosting an afternoon of live music – and we’re kicking it off in style!

See you here from 1pm…

mayday festival draft flyer

There will be a break for you to see the bikes fly past!

Here is the set list for our gig…


See you tonight from 7pm for more ukulele fun 🙂

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We’ve always got lots to look forward to in Ukulele World!

We’re kicking of a busy spring season of gigs this evening (Thursday 16th April) at The White Swan in Otley, where we will be joining in the Open Mic night “Bar Room Buskers”

Come down and say hello! 🙂

Just so you can get your diaries in order… I have put together the up and coming gigs so that players plan which gigs they’d like to do and so that supporters can come and see us!!!

More details will be on here and Facebook nearer the time – although you can always email me jen@bighooha.co.uk if you’s like more info.

Here’s the list

OUO APR-MAY 15 at a glance

Can’t wait to see you all again on 20th…. there’ll be new songs and more fun to be had…

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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

SESSION 2 8pm – 9pm

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



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

Sol has requested we play this song…


Hope to see you soon!

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24th November – new songs and December News

Hello all

Just a quick reminder that we are playing at Leeds Skyline World AIDS Day free event this Sunday at Leeds Art Gallery 2pm, Henry Moore Room. All welcome! Please come and help support such a great charity…

Skyline WAD poster 2014

24th November – Session
We had a really fun session last night playing our Christmas songs!

We learnt these new ones too…



We have a lot of performances to look forward to next month. I hope you can make some (or all!) of them.

Click on this link to download details of all the gigs and songs we will be performing… don’t forget you must sign up for the events on a Monday session so I know who is coming so we can be properly prepared!!

December 2014 OUO

See you really soon I hope 🙂

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17th November 2014

Hello my ukulele friends!

Just a quick update on what has been happening in Ukulele world…

We had several sessions recently when our room here at The Woolpack was bursting at the seams. But things are more comfortable now we have started out daytime ukulele and guitar social club on a Wednesday morning. There are now seats spare so hopefully you will find the session less cramped and more fun!
The Woolpack Music Social Club runs 10:30am -12:30pm every Wednesday morning and includes time for tea, biscuits and chatting! Check out http://www.woolpackmusicsocialclub.wordpress.com for the music we are working on.

WMSC Flyer

Beer Festival
We had a great time playing at Otley Beer Festival last week and had a great response from the crowd! There was lots of people singing along which we love! Hopefully there will be a bigger stage next year…! Huge thanks to Paul Briscoe for inviting us to play again.

Paul Briscoe played his guitar beautifully before we took to the stage

Paul Briscoe played his guitar beautifully before we took to the stage

Otley Beer Festival 2014

Otley Beer Festival 2014


(sign up sheets are passed around in the second session – this is due to venues being space limited so numbers of performers are needed!)

24th November 2pm – Dementia Cafe, New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Lane
30th November 2pm – World AIDS Day, Leeds Art Gallery (sign up required)
7th December 3:30pm – Victorian Fayre Day, The Woolpack
13th December 4pm – Christmas Tree Festival, Otley Parish Church (sign up required)
19th December (eve) – Leeds Trinity Church (TBC – sign up required)
21st December (eve) – The Woolpack Christmas Party (sign up required)

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