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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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…
Keep up the hard work and see you very soon I hope
On Saturday we drove over to Rowntree Park in York to help entertain the Environment Agency at their Summer Fair. It was a glorious afternoon and we played lots of songs for them as they soaked up the rays. It was really good fun. Thank you to everyone who came to play. It was just a shame i didn’t get a go on the bouncy castle! Here are some photographic highlights…
On Sunday, a few of us played for the Singing for the Brain Cafe at The Courthouse. We sure made a lot of noise for only 9 ukuleles (BIG thanks to YOU!) and got everyone singing along with us.
There are lots of events to get involved with over the next couple of months… make sure to keep up to date by looking at the GIGS and CALENDARS tab at the top of each blog page. Here are the next important dates though
1st June – Manitoba Hal gig at Korks (6pm)
2nd June – Hope and Social session
7th June – Hope and Social gig
21st June – Otley Carnival – get your HAWAIIAN THEMED outfits and accessories NOW!!
22nd June – Otley Walking Festival
28th June – Haworth Ukulele Festival (we’ll be playing Saturday afternoon)
REMEMBER THERE IS NO SESSION ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY so see you on the 2nd!
It was wonderful to celebrate our 2nd birthday with you all this week. I just can’t believe it! A massive thank you to all of you who come to our Monday sessions, whether you come every week or every once in a while… you all contribute to making OUO what it is; which is the best band ever! i love you guys! long may it continue!
check out the demo on YouTube
we did some great work on this last week and it is coming together really well. I know some of the chords and tab parts are a little complex (that’s Queen for ya!) but with more perseverance it will sound even more awesome!
looking forward to seeing you all again very soon… but in the meantime, keep on strumming. Things that you think you can’t do are only a matter of time and energy… believe me! We all learn at different rates and in different ways so keep on trying
Well we had an action packed few days this past weekend! Our gig at Cafe Lux raising money for The Haven Breast Cancer Support charity on Friday was fantastic. There was a great turn out and over £500 was raised. Lesley and Jill did a fantastic job of organising the event and I was so pleased that the OUO could provide the entertainment.
Last night we played for our friends at Tealbeck and I was overwhelmed with the amount of OUO members who came along. We have been asked back again and the feedback from the staff was very complimentary!
a) lots of fun singing and strumming together
b) showing audiences far and wide how much fun we have singing and strumming together
don’t think i’m asking too much eh?!
well – we have had a little break and I have been busy working on songs to kick start our year in style. as always – I love your suggestions and so be patient… if you have asked for a song there is a good chance i have forgotten – you can always email me so you know i have it written down somewhere!
Our first session on a Monday 7pm-8pm is a fun sing-a-long suitable for players of all abilities. Complete beginners are welcome but may benefit from an hours tuition at some point. The second session 8pm-9pm is for anyone who would like to push their playing on by learning songs we will perform at gigs. Of course, all are welcome and if you do come to the second session there is no pressure to perform at concerts!
EVER FALLEN IN LOVE….????
We had a look at this song only once before the Christmas rush took hold (photos are on their way!). I have managed to get round to doing a little demo for you so you can hear the strumming. It isn’t as hard as it sounds… although you do need to use bar chords so if you’ve struggled with these in the past, start having a go now! remember to have breaks when you’re practising bar chords to give your muscles a rest. use your thumb behind your first finger to get extra strength – the thumb should be on the middle of the neck (so someone in front of you couldn’t see it)