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

Sunday, September 11

Salem Athenaeum vintage-theme picnic

Salem Athenaeum

Friday, September 16th
6:00 til 8:00pm 
337 Essex St, Salem, MA

We are delighted to be playing this vintage picnic concert in the garden at the Athenaeum. It's part of the final Derby Square FLEASalvageART Market weekend of the season, and the theme is "Back to School!"

Come join the Edukated Fleas for some vintage ukulele swing music -- bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, blanket or chairs! Rain will move the concert indoors. $10

Tickets and directions here: http://salemathenaeum.net/event/picnic-with-vintage-back-to-school-flair/




Derby Square FLEAsalvageART market
Saturday, September 17th
1:30 til 3:30 pm 
Derby Square, Salem MA

Then, join us on Saturday at the market! This month's theme is "Back to School" so come get Edukated! Learn more: http://www.derbysquarefleasalvageart.com/about or https://www.facebook.com/DerbySquareFLEASalvageARTMarket/
 

Friday, September 9

September Flea dates!

We have a busy month ahead including two fabulous dates in Salem, Massachusetts!
🎶 Swing Jam! Sunday, September 11th, 10am til 1:30pm, Bank Square Coffee House, 129 Main St., Beacon NY. We'll be hosting our monthly jam, hopefully outside on the patio. All instruments and listeners welcome!
☀Hoot on the Hudson! Sunday, September 11th, 1pm til 6pm, Little Stony Point Park, 3011 Route 9D, Cold Spring NY. Lots of great local musicians. The Fleas play sometime between 3pm and 5pm. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, some beers and hang out! By donation, benefits Little Stony Point Citizens Association.
🍸Salem Athenaeum, Friday, September 16th, 6pm til 8pm, 337 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970. We are delighted to be playing this vintage picnic themed concert in the garden at the Athenaeum. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine! Rain will move the concert indoors. $10 Tickets and directions here: http://salemathenaeum.net/event/picnic-with-vintage-back-to-school-flair/
🎼 Derby Square FLEA Salvage Art Market, Saturday, September 17th, 10am til 5pm, Derby Square, Salem MA. We will be providing some FLEA tunes at the FLEA from 1:30 til 3:30pm. This month's theme is "Back to School" so come get Edukated! Learn more: http://www.derbysquarefleasalvageart.com/about or https://www.facebook.com/DerbySquareFLEASalvageARTMarket/
🌳 Heebasquabee Treatops Festival, Saturday, September 24, 1pm til 2pm, Glendale Farms, Covert Road, Hector NY. On the shores of Seneca Lake. Come hear a wide range of great music. Food, camping, fun! The festival runs Friday through Sunday, we play at 1pm on Saturday.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
🎸Level 3 Uke classes at Arts on the Lake starting soon! Sign up today! For advanced beginners or intermediates who want to sharpen skills -- or if you've taken my Beginner 1 and 2 classes, this is for you! Each class covers a different topic: E and the Blues, Strum Workshop, Minor Chord Forms and Four-Chord Progressions. Join Wendy on Tuesdays at 7:30, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4. http://www.artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=12987&cs_cat=436#.V74v_zVl3Uw to register.  

Tuesday, May 17

Brunch with the Fleas at the Towne Crier Cafe

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street 
Beacon NY 12508

11:30am til 2:00pm 

Continuing the fourth Sunday of the month (except September):
August 28, October 23

Come join us for a delicious brunch at the Towne Crier, with some Ukulele Swing on the side! Those fabulous desserts and the regular menu is available as well as a special brunch menu. No cover! 

Friday, May 6

At Trumpets Jazz Club with Jon Luks a-tapping!


A fun memory from last summer! We had a great time playing at Trumpets, in Montclair, NJ, and very lucky to have the fabulous Jonathan Luks as our special guest percussion section!

Wednesday, May 4

Monday, May 2

Special Mother's Day brunch!

Plain Jane's Restaurant

Sunday, May 8th
12:00 to 2:00pm 
 
 
Plain Jane's Restaurant
208 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT


We're delighted to be returning to Plain Jane's for a special Mother's Day celebration brunch! Bring your mom or make your kids bring you for a delicious brunch with some ukulele swing sauce! No cover. 

Reservations strongly suggested: (203) 797-1515

Friday, March 11

Ukulele Extravaganza!

Back by popular demand!
Performers include:                      
special guests Jim and Liz Beloff, the Edukated Fleas, Uncle Zac and the Zactones, Liza and Lonesome, Ukes on the Lake, Peter C. North, Bella Brodsky, Donna and Rick Nestler, the Merry Ukesters... and more!
Bring your uke because everyone gets to play!
 

Doors open at 6pm for ukulele vendors: Flea Market Music, Honu Ukuleles and RIGuitars! Plus, sell your used ukes for a small fee at the Uke Swap Table! 

Last year's event sold out! Reserve your spot here:  http://www.artsonthelake.org/event.php?ev_id=13337#.VuNKeuZl3Uw 

Jim Beloff workshop tickets available here: http://artsonthelake.org/event.php?ev_id=13401#.Vt5Lt-ZTIXg

Friday, February 12

Plain Jane's Restaurant


Saturday, February 27th
7:00 to 9:00pm 
 
Plain Jane's Restaurant
208 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT


We will be back at Plain Jane's to share some ukulele swing, standards and vintage tunes for your dining pleasure! C
ome enjoy a delicious meal or a glass of wine in a very cozy setting. 

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

Wednesday, December 16

Suggestion from Santa

Ukulele lessons make a great gift!

Wendy will be offering two new series of beginner uke classes — in Bethel CT and at Arts on the Lake — starting in January. And for those that have already taken Beginner 1 and 2, I’ll be offering level 3! 

Start the New Year with some strummin’! 

At Arts on the Lake: Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY.  Register online at http://www.artsonthelake.org/class_list.php Sign up to reserve a spot!
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 Tuesdays: Jan 26, Feb 2 and 9, 7:30 pm. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members)
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 Tuesdays: Feb 16, 23 and March 1, 7:30 pm. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members)
Level 3: For experienced beginners or those who want to sharpen their ukulele skills. A series of four workshops, each on a different topic.  
Four Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30pm. $60 for all four workshops ($54 for members)

Upstairs at Molten Java: 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com

Level 3: For experienced beginners or those who want to sharpen their ukulele skills. A series of four workshops, each on a different topic.
Four Mondays starting Jan. 25
at 7:00 pm. $60 for all four workshops

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: Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13 at 11:00 am. $45 for all three workshops
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: Feb 20, 27 and March 5, at 11:00 am. $45 for all three workshops

Questions? Email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
Not a beginner? Private lessons available too.

 

Thursday, November 5

The Edukated Fleas in concert at BAMM

Mahopac Library BAMM
concert series

 

Sunday, November 15th at 2:00 pm

Mahopac Public Library
68 Route Six, Mahopac, NY 10541

Featuring the fabulous

Mark Murphy on bass! 

We are delighted to be part of this wonderful concert series! And we'd love to see you there for an hour of ukulele fun and tunes.

FREE! But space is limited, so to reserve a seat, please register at:
www.mahopaclibr
ary.org or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.