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!

The Fleas have recorded six of their favorite swing tunes on a demo CD. If you would like a copy for your very own, email us at edukatedfleas@edukatedfleas.com. Just $6.

They are currently working on a full length CD. Thanks for listening!

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

Tuesday, August 25

Artists and Artisans in Paradise summer fair

Sunday, August 30th
10:00 til 5:00

Paradise Green Park
3677 Main St.
Stratford, CT

A summer fair! What better way to celebrate the end of summer? 
Especially with art and fine crafts for sale, live music, poetry, food, and interactive community art projects. The Fleas play at noon! 
Best of all, it's FREE!
More info http://www.paradiseartshow.com

Friday, August 21

Uke 'n' Brew!


Sunday, August 23
12:30 til 5pm

Sheffield Town Pavilion
Miller Ave.
Sheffield, Mass


Ukesters, beer-lovers, general fun-lovers!
Don't miss this year's Uke 'n' Brew!
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Sponsored by the Magic Fluke Company and Big Elm Brewing, the event will feature uke performances by the Edukated Fleas, Stu Fuchs and the Lords of Liechtenstein. 
Ukes and related merchandise!
Jamming! Uke lesson! Uke raffle! Food and of course, BEER.
Located in nearby Sheffield, Mass., it's just over the border from CT and NY and is a lovely drive. Under cover, so rain or shine. Bring a chair.

Thursday, August 6

Boothbay Opera House!


Thursday, August 13
7:30pm

Boothbay Opera House
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

We are very excited to be  opening for the Hot Club of Cowtown again! www.hotclubofcowtown.com/ 
This time at the historic Opera House! 
These guys are terrific musicians, and definitely worth a listen, and we are thrilled to be part of the show. Tickets: http://www.boothbayoperahouse.com/
Buy in advance, save $4

Tuesday, July 7

Summer Flea Fun!

We hope you'll join us at some of these fun summer events!
��July
��Sunday, July 19, 2:00pm, Fleas in Concert, Grand Lodge Hall Assembly Room, 77 Freemasons Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022. FREE
��Saturday, July 25, 8:00pm, Fleas in Concert, Common Ground Coffee House, 33 Crosby Street, Danbury CT. Open mic from 8 til 9pm, Fleas from 9 til 10. Refreshments available for purchase and admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit Danbury Arts in Action.
��Sunday, July 26, 11:30 til 2:00pm, Music for Brunch, Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Voted Beacon's Best Brunch! Delicious food, great ambiance and some ukulele swing on the side. No cover. http://www.townecrier.com/
 August
Sunday, August 9th, 10am til 1:30pm, Swing Jam! Bank Square Coffeehouse, Beacon NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.
��Thursday, August 13, 7:30pm, Opening for the Hot Club of Cowtown, Boothbay Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Tickets: http://www.boothbayoperahouse.com/
��Sunday, August 23, Noon til 5pm, Uke 'n' Brew! Sheffield Town Pavillion, Miller Road, Sheffield, Mass. Ukulele performances by Stu Fuchs, Lords of Liechtenstein and us! Beer! Food Trucks! Uke lesson and Jam! Magic Fluke and Flea Market Music merchandise!
�� Sunday, August 30, 10:00am til 5:00pm, Artists and Artisans in Paradise summer fair, Paradise Green Park, 3677 Main St, Stratford, CT. FREE. Art and fine crafts for sale, live music, poetry, food, and interactive community art projects. More info http://www.paradiseartshow.com/

Thursday, June 11

Clearwater Festival


Clearwater Festival
The Great Hudson River Revival
 
Croton Point Park, Croton NY

Sunday, June 21
10:30am, Artisanal Food and Farm Market
1:00pm, Circle of Song
2:15pm, Uke Jam, Jam Tent



We are delighted to be part of this premier music event! 
We will be playing at the Circle of Song and the Artisanal Food and Farm Market, times listed above.
We are also hosting a UKE JAM, on Sunday at 2:15pm in the Jam Tent. 
So bring your uke! There will be play-alongs on Saturday at the Circle of Song too. 
For tickets, directions and more info, visit http://www.clearwater.org.

Friday, April 17

First Arts on the Lake Ukulele Extravaganza!

Friday, April 24th
7:00 til 10 pm

Arts on the Lake
640 Route 52
Lake Carmel, NY


It's the ukulele event you've been waiting for!  Come join the fun and hear a range of ukulele talent in a lively cabaret atmosphere. 

Featuring special guests Jim and Liz Beloff! 
Flea Market Music ukulele books, CDs and more will be for sale, starting at 6:30 pm.

Hosted by the Edukated Fleas, other performers include Uncle Zac and the Zactones, Peter C. North, Ukulele Bruce, the Orange County Strummers, Ukes on the Lake, and more! 

PLAY ALONGS too! Yes, everybody gets to play, so bring your uke! 

Refreshments, desserts and snacks available. 

Admission $10; DON'T DELAY! Buy tickets now to reserve your seat at artsonthelake.org
 
Don't miss the ukulele fun!



Tuesday, April 7

Fleas on the radio!

Tune in to WPKN 89.5 FM or streaming at wpkn.org  on Wednesday, April 8th around 1:15 or 1:30 pm to hear the Edukated Fleas on Dr. Richard Epstein's show, "Sometimes Classical." We'll be talking about the ukulele, playing a couple of tunes, and (of course) promoting the upcoming Ukulele Extravaganza!
Here's a link to the archived show, if you missed it! http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/96536 

Monday, February 2

Beginners! Learn to play the ukulele!

Beginner ukulele workshop series

Now, two levels in two locations! 

Beginner 1: Join Wendy for a series of three workshops that will get you started with easy chords and progressions. You'll be playing tunes in no time!
Three Saturdays: March 28, April 4 and 11, from 11 am til noon.
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. $45 for all three workshops.To sign up, or if you have questions, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
OR
Three Tuesdays: March 31, April 7 and 14, from 7:30 til 8:45 pm. Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members) 
Sign up at http://artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=11264&cs_cat=408


Beginner 2: For those that have taken Beginner 1 or have a little bit of experience. You'll continue to build your ukulele skills with more chords, strums and progressions. 
Three Saturdays: March 28, April 4 and 11, from 10 til 11 am. Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. $45 for all three workshops
To sign up, or if you have questions, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
OR
Three Tuesdays: April 21, 28 and May 5, from 7:30 til 8:45 pm. Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY$45 for all three workshops ($40 for members) 
Sign up at http://artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=11269&cs_cat=408


Not a beginner? Private lessons available with Wendy or Greg.

Monday, October 27

Plain Jane's Restaurant

Happy New Year!
Thursday, January 1st
2:30 to 4:30pm 
 
Plain Jane's Restaurant
208 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT


We will be back at Plain Jane's for a New Year's Day celebration. Special menu with a side of ukulele swing! C
ome enjoy a delicious meal or a glass of wine. 

For reservations:  (203) 797-1515
Menus and more info: http://www.plainjanesrestaurant.com

Monday, September 8

Brownstone Arts opening reception

 

Saturday, September 13
2pm to 4pm 
 
Portland Library
Mary Flood Room
20 Freestone Ave.
Portland, CT


The Fleas will be providing music for the opening reception of Brownstone Arts new exhibition, "A Place to Be." Come enjoy the art and the music. Free! 


The show continues through October 25th. 
 
For more information, call Portland Library: 860-342-6770.