Archive | April, 2017

OUS Collectors CD launched at GNUF – Only 100 copies

The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is really one of a kind. Yes, there are other events described as “ukulele festivals” but nobody else showcases so may original artists and many folks I know have commented that many events have essentially the same artists playing the same sets, which are mostly cover versions of existing material. Nothing wrong with cover versions, (if they are done well) but OUS is all about creating something NEW and for that reason OUS and GNUF make great partners.

The first ever OUS sampler will be released at GNUF 2017 and will only be available at this festival…

This FREE limited edition CD is a souvenir for OUS at GNUF 2017 and there will only be 100 copies pressed

GNUF 2017 is May 7/8th weekend in Huddersfield UK. See

The 13 tracks showcase a terrific variety of ORIGINAL music and many of the tracks have never previously been available to the public. These CDs will be given out for FREE in a RANDOM fashion by OUS artists during the weekend.

The best chance to obtain one of these is to attend the Sunday OUS artist stage, BUT as mentioned, it will be entirely random in terms of who gets these collectors items.

The OUS live stage happens on the Sunday at GNUF and will be the first official live platform for OUS artists.


Lionel “The K”

Who is « The K »
Since 2006 and his first trip to Hawaii where he bought his first ukulele, The K bring this instrument into new territories all around the world (US, Australia, Europe) with his Ukulele / percussions duet U.K.E and with solo compositions.
Be prepare for « Ukulele Nu Sound »


Now we are 60 at OUS

We just added the 60th OUS artist to this site and in a month’s time will be running the first ever OUS live stage at The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival aka GNUF. The FB page has hit 2500 members and the quality of the material just gets better and better. I have noticed that there is a real energy associated with OUS artists and I have been greatly impressed by the support folks are giving each other.

During GNUF my own house will become something akin to a hippie commune with many artists from overseas and the UK coming to stay during GNUF 2017. This will give us the opportunity to discuss other phases for OUS that will be rolled out in 2017/2018 and 2019. I always maintained that this is a BIG project and its certainly starting to gain momentum. Over the next two months I’ll be working on another dimension to OUS, that will be unveiled later this year. The new OUS stickers will also be available at GNUF from the OUS stage with a great design by Max Wootton

Special thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to the platform and maintain the momentum for creating Original songs. There are some very cool surprises in the pipeline…

Warm Regards




Nicole McNally

16 year old singer songwriter from Dorset, Uk, love playing my Ukulele,writing my own stuff and messing around doing covers, check out my music page 🙂



Country blues singer songwriter interspersed with a little cheeky northern folk.
He’s been song writing and performing for over 15 years now as a solo artist along with various collaborations and even a stint in a country rock band.
Ric first picked up the ukulele on honeymoon in Hawaii in 2009 and has been gradually introducing it into his performances over the past 3 years before moving to focus on ukulele as ricmacfeegle in 2015 with a string of festival appearances and his first CD ‘Pies, Love & Ukulele’. 2016 saw the release of his second CD ‘Iron Butterfly’ with a new album in the pipeline.
Prolific songwriter with random influences from Tom Lehrer to B.B King, Gogol Bordello to Brad Paisley. All can be heard in his songs from the deep country of ‘Little Better Man’ and ‘The Porch Light’ to the downright cheeky and silly ‘Price of Vanity’ or ‘When the Bomb Drops’ (a song about towels and cheap hotels).
Keep track of upcoming shows and songs at


Harald Boxtart

I started playing the ukulele in 2012. After playing classical guitar for over 30 years I was very surprised at the possibilities of this little instrument. I learned new playing techniques like clawhammer and campanella.
Writing and arranging for the ukulele helps to explore the possibilities and I’m still amazed about all the stuff you can play on just 4 strings!
I teach guitar and ukulele at different music schools, and I’m always interested in doing ukulele workshops/classes.


OUS Developments, GNUF live stage and merch…

Its just a month away from the UK’s key ukulele festival, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival which will host the first ever OUS stage. There will be eight artists playing on this stage on the Sunday


There will also be a number of OUS artists playing the main stage including Victoria Vox and The Small Change Diaries  There will also be some surprises during the GNUF weekend from an OUS perspective as well as the new OUS sticker created for this festival

There are over 50 artists playing this weekend and I hear there may be a few tickets left, check

There will also be a major new OUS development launched later this year, watch this space…

Best Regards

Nick Cody