The Big Hits… On Small Instruments!

Ukuleles are small. Yet, ukulele duet Greg Doyle and Wendy Matthews play the big hits, favoring swing and vintage tunes – as well as a few things you might not expect to hear on uke. The Fleas have been playing together as a ukulele duo since late 2006, united by a common love of the music from the 20s through 50s. As the Fleas soon discovered, ukes are perfect for these cheerful, melodic tunes. The Fleas feature both Greg and Wendy on vocals, often in harmony.

Greg Doyle, on baritone uke, is a guitarist whose musical interests span Swing to Surf and beyond. He has been playing guitar since his teens and was a long-time member of Vic Schwarz’s Acoustic Workshop, a Hudson Valley-based, six-piece string band. Greg teaches uke and guitar privately.

Wendy Matthews, on soprano uke, was charmed by the instrument’s portability and quirkiness, and took it up a few years back to accompany her singing. She has been singing and playing a variety of instruments since her teens. In a previous life, she was a member of Bad Attitudes, a four-woman music and comedy troupe.

The Fleas have delighted audiences in venues as varied as the Clearwater Festival, Hoot on the Hudson, Ukulele Cabaret and New York Ukulele Festival, as well as street fairs, restaurants, libraries, art openings and private parties across New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine. On her travels, Wendy has also performed in exotic locales such as Honduras and Borneo!

Looking for a great gift? The Fleas' full-length CD, "It Had To Be Uke" is now available! Get it directly from us: $15 + 3.50 if you'd like it mailed to you. Just use this link to our PayPal page.
Also available for download on CD Baby and Amazon.

Wedding? Special birthday? Cocktails on the patio? Let the Fleas add some fun to your next event: edukatedfleas@edukatedfleas.com

Tuesday, May 30

June is Jumping with Fleas!

Plenty of chances to see us coming up this month!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, June 4, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot or out on the patio if the weather is good. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎢 Art and Frame Gallery Opening! Saturday, June 10, 6pm til 8pm Art and Frame of Newtown, 77 Main St., Newtown, CT. Join us at the Artists' Reception for the opening of the latest show at Art and Frame! Wine, snacks and live music from us as you peruse the artwork -- all are welcome! This is the first reception since the pandemic!
🎢🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, June 11th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. After many months away, we're back with our Ukulele Swing brunch. Join us for toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.

🌴🎸 Special luau concert event! Monday, June 19th, 5:30pm Outdoors at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe CT. The Fleas will be joined by the fabulous Art Labriola on Hawaiian Steel Guitar for a concert of Ukulele Swing and Hapa Haole Hawaiian classics. Bring a picnic to the library's back lawn! Dessert and lawn games provided by the library! Don't miss this special event. FREE!


 

Friday, March 31

April with the Fleas!

 

Hello friends:
We've had a lot going on, but we will be playing out more in the coming months.
🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, April 2nd, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!

🎸 Uke From Scratch! Wednesday, April 12th, 3:00pm. Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! FREE! Register here

🎸 Uke From Scratch! Friday, April 14th, 1:00pm. Ansonia Public Library, 53 South Cliff Street, Ansonia CT. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! FREE!

AND: Save the date!
🎸🎀🎢 Uke Open Mic! Sunday, May 7th, 4:30 til 7:00pmTowne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY. Come join the ukulele fun! Share your talents or join in on the play-alongs. Great food and drink! Support the Crier by ordering dinner, drinks or snacks. $15 food and drink minimum, no cover charge.
Sign up via email will start April 24th!

Thursday, January 5

Happy New Year! January dates with the Fleas

 πŸŽΆπŸ΄ Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, January 8th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. After many months away, we're back with our Ukulele Swing brunch. Join us for toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.

 πŸŽΌ Swing Jam, Sunday, January 22nd, 10 til 1pmBank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!

YES! It's back:
🎸🎀🎢 Uke Open Mic! Sunday, January 22, 4:30 til 7:00pmTowne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY. After over a year's hiatus, the Uke Open Mic is back in a new timeslot! Kick off the new year with some ukulele fun! Play-alongs too. Great food and drink! Support the Crier by ordering dinner, drinks or snacks. $15 food and drink minimum, no cover charge.
To sign up, reply to this email! You can also sign up at the door if the list is not full.

Monday, September 5

September!

 Join us to jam, for uke lessons or for brunch!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, September 11th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot -- or we might be out on the patio. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!

🎢🍴 Brunch at Note, Sunday, September 18, 12 to 3. Note Kitchen and Bar, 227 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. We are delighted to return to Note! Join us for lunch or brunch on the patio or indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. Note has great food and drink, and a perfect outdoor spot to relax and enjoy the last bit of summer. No cover charge.

🎸 Uke classes start September 13! Join Wendy for a group uke class! Continuing beginner or Intermediate classes start on September 13 at the Redding Heritage Center. Class will also be offered on Zoom. Reply to this email for more information.


Monday, June 27

July dates with the Fleas!

 We look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming events!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, July 3rd, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot -- or we might be out on the patio. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎸 Uke From Scratch! Saturday, July 9th, 2:00pm. East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! FREE! Register here:
🎢🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, July 10th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch at the Crier! Toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.
🎸 Uke From Scratch! Thursday, July 14th, 3:00pm. Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield CT. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! FREE!
🎡🎀🎸 Edukated Fleas in Concert! Thursday, July 21st, 3:00pm. Grinnell Library, 2642 E Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY. Join us at a FREE concert of Fleas Favorites! Part of the Grinnell Summer Concert Series, in the outdoor pavillion.


Tuesday, April 26

May dates with the Fleas!

 πŸŽ΅ Edukated Fleas in Concert! Sunday, May 1st, 2:00pm. John C. Hart Library, 1130 E. Main St., Shrub Oak, NY. We're delighted that Eric Marshall will be joining us on bass at this free concert of Fleas Favorites! Register here.

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, May 8th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎸 Uke From Scratch! Saturday, May 21st, 2:00pm. Hendrick Hudson Library, 185 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose NY. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! FREE! Register here.


Tuesday, April 5

Swing into Spring! April with the Edukated Fleas!

 πŸŽ€ Edukated Fleas in Concert! Sunday, April 10th, 2:00 pm. Hendrick Hudson Library, 185 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose NY. Join us in welcoming Spring at a free concert at the library! Register here


🎼 Uke From Scratch! Wednesday, April 20th, 4:30pm. Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield CT. Think you'd like to give the uke a try? Here's your chance!! Join us for a beginner lesson, and we provide the ukes!! Register here

🎡 Edukated Fleas in Concert! Sunday, May 1st, 2:00pm. John C. Hart Library, 1130 E. Main St., Shrub Oak, NY. We're delighted that Eric Marshall will be joining us on bass at this free concert of Fleas classic tunes! Registration required, link coming soon.

Wednesday, March 9

Gaithersburg Ukefest! And other March dates...

 There's still time to make plans for the Gaithersburg Ukefest, don't miss it!!!

🎸🎀🎢 Gaithersburg Ukefest, March 17 to 19. Gaithersburg, Maryland. After the Covid hiatus, uke fests are back and we're thrilled to be performing and teaching at this one! Ukulele artists from across the globe and the country will be there to share their skills and talents with you! Amazing workshops, concerts, strum-alongs and open mics are planned!! Don't miss the fun! Tickets and info, including accommodations, on the website: https://gaithersburgukefest.com/
🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, March 13th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us in our regular spot in the back. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎢🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, March 27th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch at the Crier! Toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.

Wednesday, February 2

Where to find the Fleas in February

Wendy is back to playing again after a couple of months off for necessary shoulder surgery! And we'd love to see you!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, February 13th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎢🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, February 20th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. The Fleas return to the Crier and are delighted to be providing music for your brunching enjoyment! Toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.
🎡 Uke from Scratch! Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:30pm. Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. It's back! The uke workshop for complete beginners -- and we bring the ukes so you can give it a try. Free, but you must register with the library to attend.
🎢 Uke Lessons πŸŽΆ Join the fun at a group uke class with Wendy! My intermediate class continues month to month, join anytime to improve your skills. Beginner class starting soon! Reply to this email to request more info on how to join.

Coming up in March! Get your tickets now!
🎸🎀🎢 Gaithersburg Ukefest March 17 to 19. Gaithersburg, Maryland. After the Covid hiatus, uke fests are back and we're thrilled to be performing and teaching at this one! Ukulele artists from across the globe and the country are teaching and performing. Amazing workshops, concerts, strum-alongs and open mics are planned!! Don't miss the fun! Tickets and info, including accommodations, on the website: https://gaithersburgukefest.com/