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

Monday, February 24

Arts on the Lake Concert


Saturday, March 1st
8:00pm

Lake Carmel Arts Center
640 New York 52, Carmel, NY 10512

What's the cure for a cold winter's night? Ukulele Swing, of course! We would love to see friends old and new at this great venue. If you play the uke, bring it along!!

Just announced!! Special guest Uncle Zac will be joining us! And we are also pleased to announce that the Ukes on the Lake ukulele club will be sharing a couple of their favorite tunes with us. For tickets and more info, go to: http://www.artsonthelake.org/event.php?ev_id=9487

Tuesday, January 21

Join the Ukulele Fun! Beginner workshop and mini concert

Saturday, February 22nd
4:30 to 6:00 pm

Main Street Music, 
382 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Have a yen to try the uke? Or are you just starting out? Join the ukulele fun at this beginner's workshop and mini concert with the Edukated Fleas! Learn easy chords and tunes, then stay and jam! 
No uke? No worries, loaner ukes available!  

Refreshments served too. $20 in advance (or $25 at the door). Don't miss out, save your spot now: jakesmainstreetmusic@gmail.com or 845-765-8548.

Monday, December 2

WPKN 50th Anniversary Gala!

Saturday, December 14th 
7pm to 11pm



Dragone Classic Motorcars
176 Post Road West

Westport, CT

We Fleas are delighted to be a part of WPKN's 50th Anniversary gala! 

On Saturday, December 14th, join us to celebrate WPKN's 50th anniversary of broadcasting alternative community radio on 89.5 FM!

Surrounded by an astounding collection of vintage automobiles at Dragone Classic Motorcars in Westport, CT, the gala will feature live entertainment by the Edukated Fleas, Larry Urbon’s CafĂ© Musette, and Rick Petrone's Jazz All-Stars, with special guest Giacomo Gates, as well as fine food and beverages and a silent auction. The Fleas will kick off the evening with swing tunes from the same vintage as the autos from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
 
Proceeds from the event will benefit WPKN radio and KEYS: music education for Bridgeport youth. As the radio ad says: "It's sure to be the swankiest party of the season!"   

Come help support WPKN and meet your favorite programmers and listeners.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information please call WPKN at 203-331-9756 or visit www.wpkn.org

Monday, September 16

Brownstone Arts opening reception


Saturday, September 21st
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Portland Library
Mary Flood Room
20 Freestone Ave.
Portland, CT

The Fleas will be providing music for the Artists' Reception of Brownstone Arts new exhibition, "Where We Live." Come enjoy the art and the music. Free! 

For more information, call Portland Library: 860-342-6770.

Monday, September 2

Richter Arts Association

Sunday, September 8th
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Richter Arts Association
100 Aunt Hack Road
Danbury, CT 06811


The Fleas will be presenting a one-hour music program at Richter House, adjoining the lovely Richter Park, with refreshments to follow! Admission free; donation to support this nonprofit cultural association appreciated. http://www.danbury.org/richter/ to learn more.

Tuesday, August 13

Garrison Art Fair

Saturday, August 17th 
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison's Landing 
Garrison, NY 10524


This is one of the premier arts and crafts events of the year! Beautiful location, right on the Hudson river. Great food and live music too, including the Edukated Fleas! The fair goes from 10am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.  Fleas play from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday! A great place to spend the day -- and maybe do some holiday shopping! More info: http://garrisonartcenter.org/ https://www.facebook.com/events/714586241901502/.

Wednesday, July 31

Tuesday, August 6
6:30pm -- 9:00pm

Ukulele Rumble! 
Parkside Lounge 

317 East Houston St., NYC 10002
(at Avenue B)



The Fleas are delighted to be part of this event -- an evening of ukulele music and comedy, hosted by Bespoke! Also featuring Peter Stampfel, The Ukemen, and comedian Jonathan Fernandez. Check out the Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/549542515104242/

Monday, July 22

Seventh Connecticut Ukulele Invitational!

Sunday, July 28th 
3:00 to 6:00 pm

Sticks and Stones Farm
201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown CT



Attention ukuleleists! Dust off those ukes, and come join us for a great ukulele afternoon, hosted by the Edukated Fleas. There will be a terrific lineup of ukulele performers from Connecticut and beyond, including special guest Uncle Zac
PLAY ALONGS too! Yes, everybody gets to play, so bring your uke! We will wrap up with a ukulele open mic, time permitting.

Refreshments available for purchase. Donation to support Sticks and Stones suggested.
Don't miss the ukulele fun!

Saturday, June 15

Clearwater Festival!

Sunday, June 16
2:15pm

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

The Fleas are delighted to be appearing at Clearwater again this year! And, we are proud to be representing the ukulele world at this huge music festival. Find us at the Circle of Song stage at 2:15 pm for Worldwide Ukulele. A taste of uke from around the globe. For tickets, directions and more info, visit http://www.clearwater.org.

Wednesday, June 12

New York Ukulele Festival 2013

Ethical Culture Society 
2 West 64th St.
New York, NY 10025
 


Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2

Fleas present a workshop at 2:15 pm Friday, May 31st! 
Fleas perform in the concert at 7:30 pm Friday, May 31st!

Don't miss this year's NY Uke Fest! Concerts, workshops, vendors, and a luau! WOW. Speaking of workshops, we'll be presenting ours on Friday at 2:15: Standards, Simply! Great for advanced beginners who want to play swing and jazz standards, but who find the chords a bit daunting. And catch us in the concert on Friday evening. 

Check the Fest website for more info and tickets:http://www.nyukefest.com/