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

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

Tuesday, June 4

June's Jumpin' with Fleas!


🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, June 9th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.
🌻⛵🌻Clearwater Festival -- the Great Hudson River Revival, Sunday, June 16. We are thrilled to be returning to the Clearwater Festival again this year. Tickets and info about all the great acts that are playing available here: https://www.clearwaterfestival.org/
🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, June 30, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Great food and toe-tapping tunes!

And here's a new Fleas video! 
To celebrate the anniversary of our CD release in June 2018.
https://youtu.be/hBUmbIjkzXA

Wednesday, May 15

May dates!

🎸 Uke From Scratch! Tuesday, May 14, 6pm. Kent Library, Kent New York
 
 🐝 Redding Hive, Saturday, May 18th, 2 til 3pm, Topstone Park, Redding. The hive runs from 11 til 3, weather permitting.  

🎶 Brunch at Note Kitchen, Sunday, May 19, 11:30 til 2:30. Note Kitchen and Bar, Bethel, CT. Join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch at Bethel's best restaurant! Delicious, innovative food, plus toe-tapping tunes from the Fleas! No cover charge!
 
🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, May 26, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
 
🎤 Uke Open Mic! Thursday, May 30, 7:00 til 9:30. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY. The area's only ukulele open mic! Bring your tunes to share. Signup starts at 5pm!

Thursday, February 28

March Uke Mayhem!

Looks like March will be a big month for ukes! Come out and listen, play or learn to play!

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

🎤Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, March 14th, 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. 

 Art & Frame opening reception! Saturday, March 16th, 5:00 til 7:00pm, Art & Frame of Newtown, 77 Main Street, Newtown, CT. Come enjoy the art and enjoy the artists' reception for the juried exhibition, "Love"! We'll provide the love songs, plus there will be plenty of wine, snacks and conviviality. Free.

🍽🍀 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, March 17th, 11:30 til 2:30pm, Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Since it's St. Paddy's Day, we'll have to bring our green ukuleles! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge. 
🎸 Uke from Scratch! The workshop for total beginners, complete with loaner ukes for you to use. At these libraries in March. Contact the libraries to sign up, registration required, all programs are free.
Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT: March 5 and 26
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY: March 9
East Fishkill Community Library, East Fishkill, NY: March 24

Sunday, February 24

Upcoming ukulele classes!

Starting soon! Email edukatedfleas@gmail to sign up!

Meet the Beatles!
Wednesday evenings at 7pm, March 6, 13, 20
Saturday mornings at 10:30am, March 16, 23, 30
Classes will be held in Bethel, CT
We'll work on easy and more complex versions of the tunes, create arrangements for solo or group and add some instrumental chord solos for those who want an extra challenge.
Advanced beginner and up.
All three lessons, $50

Friday, January 4

Happy Uke Year! January dates...

🎵 Brunch at Note! Sunday, January 6th, 11:30 am 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! Just the thing for a winter weekend. No cover charge.

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

 NEW! Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, January 17th, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us at the kick-off and help make this event a regular bimonthly occurrence! Sign up in person starting at 5pm. 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. Hosted by Wendy Matthews of the Edukated Fleas, she’ll be keeping an ear out for performers to feature at the next Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! 
 
🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, January 27th, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Come in from the cold and join us for a cozy winter Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge.