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Get that fancy dress costume out of the wardrobe for it is that time of year again… SPOOKULELE IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Grab your tickets now for the funnest and most terrifying Halloween party in town!

There’ll be top quality tunes from Otley Ukulele Orchestra, a vegetarian curry supper and prizes for most hideous fancy dress.

All over 18s welcome… see you there !



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It’s that time of year again when we get our costumes and fake blood ready and dust off the old spooky song file!

We’re delighted to be teaming up with Korks this year for our Spookulele event – and it’s going to be the biggest and best yet!

There’ll be…

– 2 sets jam-packed with spooky songs from the Otley Ukulele Orchestra
– hot vegetarian food by the team at Korks
– Zombie Disco
– fancy dress competition

Tickets are £10 (£5 for ukulele players) and the event is for over 18s only

Please visit https://woolpackstudios.co.uk/spook-u-lele/ to book your tickets now (or pop into Korks!)

See you there!


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Manitoba Hal and Dead Mans Uke come to Otley

FINAL CALL for your tickets to this BIG BADASS BLUES DOUBLE BILL with the legendary Manitoba Hal and Dead Mans Uke.

It’s going to be a great night – not to be missed! I am VERY excited to hear that there may even be a little collaboration between these guys… check this out


Sunday 22nd May 2016


6pm – 9pm

6pm-7pm – “Mastering The Groove” Strumming Workshop led by Manitoba Hal

7pm – 8pm – Dead Mans Uke

8pm – 9pm – Manitoba Hal


Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley


£12.50 for workshop and gig

£8.50 for gigs only


http://www.woolpackstudios.co.uk/book-tickets-or-places/ (PayPal)

For details of how to pay via bank transfer/cash please email jen@bighooha.co.uk


I hope to see you there!


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Three top-class ukulele artists live in Otley!

I’m really excited to be welcoming 3 incredible ukulele artists to Otley on Saturday 13th February!

I really hope you can come – there is an optional strumalong too so bring you’re uke!

Mike Hind is a singer/songwriter from Bermuda and has a great voice

Zoe Bestel is from Scotland and her original songs are as captivating as her voice

Feckless and Fuddle will get the evening off to a great start with a strumalong for all!

Tickets are £8 on the door or via http://www.worldofukes.co.uk

See you there!

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Korks Wine Bar is on Bondgate in Otley

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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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Summer 2015

We had our first session of the year outside last night – hello summer!

We started working on these 3 classics, which incorporated finger picking, tabbing and some good old fashioned strumming!

Proud Mary – Creedance Clearwater Revival
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Common People – Pulp

And we certainly have lots to prepare for!


11th July – Kirkstall Festival, Cloisters Stage 4:30pm
12th July – Otley Food Festival, Boroughgate 2:30pm
24th July – Summer Party with Otley A Cappella and The Fortnights, Korks from 7:30pm (£5)



30th July – Summer Social Wharfemeadows Park – bring the family (picnic, rounders etc)
8th August – Wedding at Kirkstall Abbey

Please see set lists for more details


PLEASE BE AWARE THAT 20th JULY will be our last session until September

See y’all real soon

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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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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…

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!

All the 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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Merry Christmas Everyone!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has come on a Monday night, played at one of our gigs or been to see us play live in 2014. We’ve had an incredible year… the carnival, the Tour De France, Kirkstall Festival, Otley Beer Festival, Tealbeck, Dementia Cafes, Spookulele not to mention all the wonderful Christmas gigs we have done this year. It’s been amazing.

2015 will be full of new songs and new adventures together. I hope you can be a part of it!

Wishing you and your nearest and dearest a very Merry Christmas! And if you’re free on Christmas Day we’ll be singing carols at Tealbeck at 2pm… meet us at The Woolpack 1:45pm.

I will leave you with a little festive video…


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