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

Wednesday, December 6

Ho-Ho-Holiday Brunch at the Towne Crier!

Join the Fleas for a swinging holiday brunch! 

Sunday, December 17th, 11:30 am til 2:30 pm

Towne Crier Cafe,
379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Great food in a great venue -- complete with ukuleles! (What more could you want?)
No cover charge. Call for reservations: 845-855-1300  or
online at http://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=271953&cart

Last chance to see the Fleas in 2017!

 


Wednesday, October 25

First Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational

Coming in November!

Towne Crier Café
Main St. Stage
Beacon NY

Sunday, November 19
2:30  til 5:30 pm

Attention ukulele players and enthusiasts! Don’t miss the first-ever Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational, hosted by ukulele duo, the Edukated Fleas. Come hear a range of ukulele talent from across the tri-state area!
 
Play-alongs too, so don’t forget your uke!

Full bar and the Towne Crier’s great food and fabulous desserts to take advantage of!
Suggested donation: $5 to $10 to cover our expenses.
Come for lunch or brunch and stay for the Invitational!
The Fleas will be providing some ukulele swing for your brunching pleasure from 11:30 until 2:30. Join us and ensure you get a great seat for the Invitational.
Call for reservations: 845-855-1300

Tuesday, October 3

October with the Fleas!


🍴 Plain Jane's! Saturday, October 7th, 7 til 9 pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT
Come join us for a tasty dinner or a glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere. No cover charge.
Reservations: (203) 797-1515
🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, October 8th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.
🍁🎃 Warrups Farm, Sunday, Oct. 15, 12 til 2 pm, 11 John Read Road, Redding CT
Visit a real New England farm for pumpkins, hayrides and other fall delights -- including music from the Fleas! 
🍝 Towne Crier Brunch, Sunday, Oct. 22, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY  We're pleased to be back at the Crier after a couple of months away. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.

Beginner 2 ukulele classes!
If you already have a little bit of experience or have taken my Beginner 1, this class is for you!
What: Uke from Scratch, Beginner 2. Join Wendy for a series of three workshops that will help you get comfortable with chord progressions and strums in popular keys. Lots of tunes, too! 
Where: Upstairs at Molten Java in Bethel
When: Mondays at 7pm, Oct. 16, 23 and 30
Cost: $45 for all three classes. To sign up please email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
Intermediate classes in the works too.

Coming in November! Ukulele Invitational!
YES! It's back by popular demand. 
First Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational
Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY
Sunday, November 19th, 2:30 til 5:30 pm. 

Wednesday, September 6

See you in September!!


Upcoming Flea dates

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

🍸 Note Kitchen! Sunday, September 17, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.

🍴 Plain Jane's! Saturday, October 7th, 7 til 9pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT
Come join us for a tasty dinner or a glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere. No cover charge.
Reservations recommended: (203) 797-1515


New beginner ukulele classes!
Longing to learn to play the uke? Have friends or family who want to? It's easy!
What: Uke from Scratch, 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! 
Where: Upstairs at Molten Java in Bethel
When: Mondays at 7pm, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9
Cost: $45 for all three classes. To sign up please email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
Uke from Scratch, Beginner 2 will follow in October. Intermediate classes in the works too.

Tuesday, July 18

July Flea dates


🍴🎼 Towne Crier! Sunday, July 23, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, The Towne Crier, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch at the Towne Crier! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.
If you can't make it to the Crier, join us at Note!
🎵🍸 Note Kitchen! Sunday, July 30, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.
PLEASE NOTE: our next Swing Jam will be on the FIRST Sunday of the month: 🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, August 6th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

Monday, June 5

June's Jumpin' with the Fleas!


⛵😎🎶 Clearwater Festival! Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18. Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520. We are so happy that the Great Hudson River Revival is back this year, and delighted to be a part of it. We'll be offering Wendy's Uke from Scratch workshop at the new Workshop Stage from 2:15 to 3pm on Saturday! And we'll be performing at the Circle of Song on Sunday from 1:15 til 2pm for Ukulele Basics and Beyond! You'll also find us hosting a uke jam at the jam tent either day! Tickets and more info: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

🍴🎼 Towne Crier Brunch! Sunday, June 25, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, The Towne Crier, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch at the Towne Crier! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.
🎵🍸 Note Kitchen Brunch! Sunday, July 30, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.

Monday, May 8

Mother's Day Brunch at the Towne Crier!

Sunday, May 14th,
11:30 til 2:30

 

Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St.,

Beacon, NY

Attention all mothers! And anyone who has a mother! 
Come join us for a special Mother's Day brunch at the Towne Crier. Mothers of all ages are sure to enjoy the great food, great venue, and some ukulele swing to help you celebrate! No cover!
Reservations: http://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=261252&cart or call (845) 855-1300. 

Wednesday, March 1

March into Spring with the Fleas!

Here's where you'll find us in the next few weeks.

🎶 Wintersquabee!! Saturday, March 4th. Fleas play at 2:00pm! Stonecat Cafe, 5315 Route 414, Hector NY. A whole weekend of music, food and fun! Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476239675722668/

📷 Art & Frame opening reception, Saturday, March 11th, 5pm til 7pm, Art & Frame Of Danbury, Route 6 Plaza, 60 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT. Join us for the opening of "Shutter," a photography exhibition! Art & Frame openings are always lots of fun: live music (that's us), food and drink, and interesting art to peruse. Come enjoy a convivial evening! Free.

🍴Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, March 26th, 11:30 til 2:30pm 379 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508. Great food! Great venue! No cover! What's not to like?

🎸 Mahopac Library BAMM series: Beginners' ukulele workshop, Saturday, April 1st 1:00 til 2:30pm. An introduction to the joys of uke. If you've got one or can borrow one, bring it! We will have a few to lend too. Sing-along following the workshop. Registration required. Register online at mahopac.library.org

And our March Swing Jam on Sunday, Feb. 12th, at Bank Square in Beacon, of course!

New ukulele class for advanced beginners and intermediates!
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com
When: Four Saturdays: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1st from 10:30 til 11:30 am
Cost: $60 for all four classes.

Private lessons in person or via Skype also.

Thursday, January 5

February with the Fleas and a new ukulele class

🎵 Brunch at Note Kitchen and Bar! Sunday, Feb. 5th, 11am til 2pm, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. We'll be back at Bethel's best new restaurant with some Swing tunes to dine by. Great food! No cover charge. Reservations recommended: 203-917-3411

 Valentines Day Dinner at Plain Jane's! Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7 til 9 pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. Come celebrate with a special dinner or a glass of wine in a very pleasant atmosphere. No cover charge. Reservations recommended: (203) 797-1515

Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, Feb. 19th, 11:30 til 2:30pm 379 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508. Help us kick off another year of brunch at the Crier! Great food! No cover!

And our February Swing Jam on Sunday, Feb. 12th, of course!

New ukulele classes starting in February:
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com
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: Feb. 11, 18 and 25 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: March 11, 18 25, at 11:00 am. $45 for all three workshops

Friday, November 11

December Flea dates

🎄 Bethel Public Library! Thursday, December 1st, 6:30pm. 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Kick off the holiday season with the Fleas! A concert of swing and vintage numbers plus some holiday tunes to get you in the mood! Sing along or listen. Free! Register here: http://www.bethellibrary.org/event/ukulele-with-the-edukated-fleas/
🍴 Plain Jane's Restaurant, Saturday, December 3rd, 7 til 9pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. Come join us for a tasty dinner or a glass of wine in a very pleasant atmosphere. No cover charge. Reservations recommended: (203) 797-1515 
 ðŸ””  Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, December 18th, 11:30 til 2:30pm 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Celebrate the holidays with a ukulele swing brunch! No cover!