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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!

GIGS
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
OUO JUNE 2015

OTHER EVENTS
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
HUGE2015
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
http://www.burleytheatre.org.uk/u615/

DISABILITY ROCKS!
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

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GREAT NORTHERN UKULELE FESTIVAL 2015
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

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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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18th May 2015

It was brilliant to welcome back Manitoba Hal to Otley this weekend. He did a very informative and theory based workshop on how to change any song into any key. It was all about the circle of fifths and I really took some practical tips away from it. I always find that songs are not in a good key for me to sing so always spend ages trying to work out how to transpose a song for the group. After the workshop we had a strum-a-long with Roundhay Ukulele Group, which is always fun! Manitoba Hal then performed songs from his new album “Dancing In The Moonlight”. He uses loops and a double necked guitar to get lots of texture into his performance. It was truly captivating.

Manitoba Hal live at Korks

Manitoba Hal live at Korks

A big thank you to Korks for hosting the evening.

You can check out more about Manitoba Hal here…
http://www.manitobahal.com/

At our session this week we looked at some new songs…

No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley and The Wailers
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
Weather With You – Crowded House

We have been practising the songs with multiple parts and lovely harmony singing too. It was sounding really lovely!

In the 8pm session we focussed on the Carnival songs

Lovely Rita
Getting Better
Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help From My Friends

But they are sounding so great all ready I think they might stay in the set for good!!! They are really fun to play!

Remember there is no session next week for the Bank Holiday and our next gig is on 30th May at Nell Bank Ilkley for Disability Rocks. We’ll be on between 1pm -3pm. Here is the set list!

OUO MAY 2015

We’ve loads coming up in June so hopefully see you very soon!

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MANITOBA HAL returns to Otley!

The Ukulele Legend Manitoba Hal in association with the Great Northern Ukulele Festival will be returning to Otley to deliver a workshop and perform for us on Sunday 17th May. We’re very excited!

manitoba flyer 2015 with logo

Tickets are almost sold out – please email me for more details… jen@bighooha.co.uk

As part of the evening there will be a sing-a-long after the workshop and before Manitoba Hal performs. All tickets will allow you and your non-ukulele playing friends into the sing-a-long!

It should be a lot of fun!

I have chosen songs from Roundhay Ukulele Group as well as Otley Ukulele Orchestra so that you will all the songs. There is one song picked from the Woolpack Music Social Club – which you can download here…

COUNTRY ROADS uke

All the other songs we have learned or played recently in our sessions. Here is the list

MANITOBA HAL sing-a-long 2015

Please bring copies of the songs with you for the sing-along and a music stand if you’d like one.

Please get in touch if you’d like any more details… 🙂

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September 15th – Getting Ready for Otley Folk Festival

Is it really a year since last year’s Otley Folk Festival all ready?!

We are very excited to be able to support such a great festival again… this year we will be performing twice on Sunday 21st September

4pm outside The Woolpack Music Studios (unless it’s terrible weather in which case we will find a pub… keep an eye out on Facebook…)

7pm we will be opening the evening’s proceedings at The Methodist Chapel, warming up the crowd for PlumHall and Jez Lowe.

I have put together two set lists for the two gigs… everyone is welcome to play at 4pm! The more the merrier… even if you just know 3 chords! The 7pm set is based more around songs we have been learning in the 8pm sessions on a Monday.

Here are the set lists

FOLK FEST SEPT2014

Check out what else is on over the weekend here…

http://www.otleyfolkfestival.com/

And here are the songs we did last night

7pm – 8pm

SUNNY AFTERNOON

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE

SURFIN’ USA

SURFIN USA solo

I SAW HER STANDING THERE OCT13

8pm

UNDER PRESSURE

UNDER PRESSURE tab

IT MUST BE LOVE

IT MUST BE LOVE instrumental

IT MUST BE LOVE Tab 1

Great Northern Ukulele Festival

http://www.northernuke.com/

I had a great time at GNUF in Huddersfield on Sunday. Next year’s festival is May Bank Holiday Weekend so I will be hoping to make the whole weekend next year. Several OUOers were there and commented on the high standard of the workshops and performances. I was lucky enough to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform and I also attended their workshop too. It was interesting to see how they arranged their songs and everyone had a specific role. It definitely got me thinking about how to put our songs together in the future and how we can use everyone’s strengths within the group.

I also bought a new ukulele!!!!!!!

I really love the iUke!

I really love the iUke!

It’s soooo tiny… !!!!

Look forward to strumming with y’all 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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