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, 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 
 🔔  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!

Thursday, September 29

ALL NEW ukulele class: Learning through repertoire -- creating an arrangement



What: New ukulele class:  Learning through repertoire – creating an arrangement
Where: Molten Java, upstairs (213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT)
Who: Multi-level – beginners who can play basic chords to intermediate players
When:  Mondays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 and Thursday Oct. 27 from 7:00 til 8:00 pm.
Cost: $60 for the series of four classes

Learn a range of essential ukulele skills while building an arrangement of a song that you can perform solo, as a duet or with a group. We will take the classic Ukulele Lady and use it to learn skills that you can apply to any song you’d like to play.
You’ll learn how to: create intros and outros (endings) and instrumental breaks, read and play single note melody from tab and music stave and find notes on the fretboard. You’ll also learn strum patterns, smooth chord transitions and how to play with a partner or in a group. If we have time, we’ll add some vocal harmony too. We’ll finish up by polishing our arrangement and presenting it to an audience.
Simple and more advanced versions of each skill will be taught so that everyone can learn and progress at their level. Hope you can join me!
To sign up, or if you have questions, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 28

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! 

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.  

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