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!

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

Sunday, November 3

Third Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational

Sunday, November 17th, 2:00pm til 5:00pm
Towne Crier Cafe
Main St., Beacon NY 



Tuesday, October 1

Fall fun with the Fleas!

Opportunities this month to learn to play the uke! Or just come hear us play!

🎸 Uke from Scratch! Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1:00 til 2:00pm. Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding CT. The uke workshop for complete beginners and I provide the ukes!! To register, call (203) 938-9725 or reply to this email. Cost: Just $8 for those over 50. ($15 for all others; adults only)
🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am, North Castle Library, 19 Whippororwill Rd. E., Armonk NY. The workshop for total beginners and I provide the ukes!

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, October 13, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, October 27, 11:30 til 2:30pm, Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge.

🎃Spooky Ukulele Open Mic! 🎤 Thursday, October 31, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free! Halloween tunes welcome and costumes optional!! Play-alongs too! Last open mic before the upcoming Ukulele Invitational!

📣 SAVE THE DATE! Third Annual Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! Sunday, November 17th! Towne Crier, Beacon NY.

See you at one of these great events!

Monday, September 2

September Strummin' with the Fleas

🖼🍎🍔 CT Arts & Eats! Saturday, Sept. 7th, 10:45 til 11:45 am. Stibb's Field, 1461 S. Britain Rd., Southbury CT. This artisan market runs from 10 am til 4pm and features vendors from throughout Connecticut, along with food trucks, giant lawn games and live music! Fleas play from 10:45 til 11:45. Rain or shine. Free!  

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.
 
image.png Stamford MakeFest 2019! Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 pm. Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza (DiMattea Building), Stamford CT. The festival runs from 11am til 4pm and includes multiple events and happenings, including Uke from Scratch with the Fleas at 1pm. A fun, free day for the whole family. Info and schedule here.

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, Sept. 15, 11:30 til 2:30pm, Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge. More info.

🎤Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free! Come and share your love of this amazing little instrument with a community of other like-minded aficionados! Play-alongs too! And we'll be keeping an ear out for acts to feature at the upcoming Ukulele Invitational! 

🎉🎸🎉 2nd Annual Connecticut Ukulele Festival! Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:30am til 9pm. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport CT. We'll be leading workshops all day and playing in the evening concert. Fun for the whole family! Tickets and more info here.
🎵 Jazz & Swing with the Edukated Fleas & SwingSet in concert! Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1 pm. Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding CT. Sponsored by the Redding Heritage Center. $5 admission includes light refreshments More info.

🎶 Fleas in Concert! Saturday, September 28, 1 pm. Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon NY.  FREE! 

🍴🍷Brunch at Note! Sunday, September 29, 11:30 am til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen and Bar, 227 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. Join us for delicious food and great libations -- Bethel's best food! On the patio if the weather is good. No cover charge.

📣 SAVE THE DATE! Third Annual Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! Sunday, November 17th! Towne Crier, Beacon NY.

Friday, August 9

August ukulele fun

New August dates added!
🐓🐰🐑 Cannon Grange Fair! Sunday, August 25, 10am til 4pm, 25 Cannon Road, Cannondale (Wilton) CT. Join us at this charming old-time agricultural fair! The Fleas play from 1pm til 3pm. Admission $2; free parking at Cannondale railroad station.

🎶 Beacon Music-Thon! Sunday, August 25, starting at 3:00pm, Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. The Fleas play at approximately 7pm. More info: https://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=303348&cart




Ukestock! Saturday, August 10, 11:30 am. Putnam Park, east side Bethel entrance. Potluck, BYOB! Bring ukes, chairs, etc.


🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, August 11, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🎤Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, August 15, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free!

Come and share your love of this amazing little instrument with a community of other like-minded aficionados! Here’s your chance to show off your uke chops, debut a new song, or just take that first step of playing in front of a supportive audience of ukulele fans. 
See you in Ukeland!

Sunday, June 30

Summer Strumming with the Fleas!

Here's where you'll find us in July!

🌞 Masonic Village, Saturday, July 6, 7:00 pm, One Masonic Way, Elizabethtown PA. Dinner concert on the patio; indoors at the tavern if weather is inclement. Public invited. 

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, July 14, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🎤Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, July 18, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free!
Come and share your love of this amazing little instrument with a community of other like-minded aficionados! Here’s your chance to show off your uke chops, debut a new song, or just take that first step of playing in front of a supportive audience of ukulele fans.
🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, July 20, 11:00 am, Putnam Valley Free Library, Putnam Valley, NY. The workshop for total beginners! Contact the library to register. putnamvalleylibrary.org
🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, July 21, 11:30 til 2:30pm, Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge.

🎶 Fleas in Concert and Uke from Scratch! Tuesday, July 30. Thomaston Public Library, Thomaston, CT. A full ukulele immersion! Join us for the concert or come early and learn to play too! Workshop at 4:30 and concert at 6:00 pm. Register with the library at www.thomastonlibrary.org