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Ukulele Courses starting January 2017

Two new nine-week courses are starting on Tuesday 10th January here at The Woolpack Studios, Otley.
Ukulele for Beginners (7:15pm-8:15pm) is designed for total beginners and will get you strumming in no time!
Ukulele for Improvers (8:30pm-9:30pm) is for those with a good grasp of basic chords in the C family (C, F, G, G7 and Am) but want to further their chord knowledge and strumming technique.

For more details please see our BEGINNERS COURSES page!

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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!

http://www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

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Our final performances of 2015!

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

THURSDAY 17th DECEMBER from 8pm

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 !

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SUNDAY 20th DECEMBER 6:55pm

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!

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

SEE YOU AGAIN 11th JANUARY 2016 from 7pm FOR NEW SONGS AND A LOT OF UKULELE FUN!

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OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL 2015

We have been busily practising for our performances at this year’s OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL!

We’re delighted to be playing 3 (official!) concerts…

Come and see us

SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER

1pm at Whitakers Pub
5pm outside The Woolpack
8pm at The Black Swan

SET LIST OUO SEPT 2015

We will be hosting an open mic here at The Woolpack between 3pm and 4pm and perhaps partaking in a little ale and sing at The Old Cock around 7pm before we head off to the Black Swan

Hope to see you there!

http://www.otleyfolkfestival.com/

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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

OUO SEPT 2015

We’re playing at

Otley Folk Festival (20th Sept)
1pm at Whitakers, 5pm at The Woolpack Studios and 8pm at The Black Horse
http://www.otleyfolkfestival.com/

Pool Beer Festival (26th September)

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and
Leeds Ukulele Festival (27th September)

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Buy your tickets now from
http://leftbankleeds.org.uk/

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

http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/

Jake will be at Leeds Town Hall on 18th September… I have front row seats! Get your tickets from
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/townhall/Pages/Whats-on.aspx

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See y’all next week for more ukulele fun 🙂

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OTLEY CARNIVAL 2015

WE DID IT! AGAIN! We’re so so happy that we came FIRST in the Adult Float Category at Otley Carnival 20th June 2015. I would like to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone who helped from brainstorming ideas, tearing up thousands of pieces of red tissue paper, making a giant drum/palm tree/backdrop, carried stuff from The Woolpack to the float, plugged in microphones, made a massive effort with the costumes and strummed and sang like you life depended on it!

You are all truly ukulele legends. We had such a fun day 🙂

Photos courtesy of Andy Hoyle of Otley Camera Club

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Preparations...

Preparations…

The calm before the storm (Thanks to Simon C for the photo!)

The calm before the storm (Thanks to Simon C for the photo!)

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GROUP SHOT

GROUP SHOT

The Dalek tried to take our Trophy!

The Dalek tried to take our Trophy!

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Ukulele Crash Course for Beginners

I will be running a Ukulele Crash Course designed for total beginners starting this October. Prices include a book and CD to take home with you! This course is ideal if you would like to join Otley Ukulele Orchestra (or another group!) but need to build up your skills first. Please spread the word!

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Crash Course Reg Form OCT-NOV 2015

email jen@bighooha.co.uk for more info

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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…

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

Here is the set list for our gig…

WOOLPACK FESTIVAL 03.05.15

See you tonight from 7pm for more ukulele fun 🙂

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GIG NEWS!

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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9th February 2015

What a cracking weekend we had!

Friday evening was the Strum Like George Formby workshop led by John Bramall – it was a fun but challenging evening! I hope we can organise a follow on class as it was really good to learn new techniques. A big thank you to all who attended – we raised £115 towards our Youth Music project here at The Woolpack Studios.

The Triple Strum!

The Triple Strum!

On Saturday we played for the Dry Stone Wall Associations 15th Anniversary at Weston Lane Social, which was really fun. We were welcomed by lovely people and had amazing food too! Big thanks to everyone who played – it sounded really good. All the practise has paid off!

On Stage at Weston Lane Social Club

On Stage at Weston Lane Social Club

At last night’s sessions we looked at a few new songs as well as ones we have worked on for a while including

7pm-8pm
From Me To You
Little Things Mean A Lot
Close To You

8pm-9pm
It’s My Party
Walk Like An Egyptian
Have a listen to my demo here…

COMING UP!

Our first official weekend away is this FRIDAY! Expect a few photos and stories from BUNKULELE soon 🙂 If you’re in Grassington this weekend then come and say hello from 3pm at The Forresters Arms where we will be playing.

We’ll be playing at Tealbeck on the 23rd February so there will be no 7pm – 8pm session that day. All are welcome to come and play though! Here are the songs we are doing…

TEALBECK FEB 2015

And the application is in for this year’s CARNIVAL!!!!! So excited. Keep 20th June free. I finally got round to having the shield engraved from last year!

OUR NAME IN SILVER!

OUR NAME IN SILVER!

See y’all soon!

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