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

Friday, April 17

First Arts on the Lake Ukulele Extravaganza!

Friday, April 24th
7:00 til 10 pm

Arts on the Lake
640 Route 52
Lake Carmel, NY


It's the ukulele event you've been waiting for!  Come join the fun and hear a range of ukulele talent in a lively cabaret atmosphere. 

Featuring special guests Jim and Liz Beloff! 
Flea Market Music ukulele books, CDs and more will be for sale, starting at 6:30 pm.

Hosted by the Edukated Fleas, other performers include Uncle Zac and the Zactones, Peter C. North, Ukulele Bruce, the Orange County Strummers, Ukes on the Lake, and more! 

PLAY ALONGS too! Yes, everybody gets to play, so bring your uke! 

Refreshments, desserts and snacks available. 

Admission $10; DON'T DELAY! Buy tickets now to reserve your seat at artsonthelake.org
 
Don't miss the ukulele fun!



Tuesday, April 7

Fleas on the radio!

Tune in to WPKN 89.5 FM or streaming at wpkn.org  on Wednesday, April 8th around 1:15 or 1:30 pm to hear the Edukated Fleas on Dr. Richard Epstein's show, "Sometimes Classical." We'll be talking about the ukulele, playing a couple of tunes, and (of course) promoting the upcoming Ukulele Extravaganza!
Here's a link to the archived show, if you missed it! http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/96536 

Monday, February 2

Beginners! Learn to play the ukulele!

Beginner ukulele workshop series

Now, two levels in two locations! 

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: March 28, April 4 and 11, from 11 am til noon.
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. $45 for all three workshops.To sign up, or if you have questions, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
OR
Three Tuesdays: March 31, April 7 and 14, from 7:30 til 8:45 pm. Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members) 
Sign up at http://artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=11264&cs_cat=408


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 28, April 4 and 11, from 10 til 11 am. Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. $45 for all three workshops
To sign up, or if you have questions, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
OR
Three Tuesdays: April 21, 28 and May 5, from 7:30 til 8:45 pm. Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY$45 for all three workshops ($40 for members) 
Sign up at http://artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=11269&cs_cat=408


Not a beginner? Private lessons available with Wendy or Greg.

Monday, October 27

Plain Jane's Restaurant

Happy New Year!
Thursday, January 1st
2:30 to 4:30pm 
 
Plain Jane's Restaurant
208 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT


We will be back at Plain Jane's for a New Year's Day celebration. Special menu with a side of ukulele swing! C
ome enjoy a delicious meal or a glass of wine. 

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

Monday, September 8

Brownstone Arts opening reception

 

Saturday, September 13
2pm to 4pm 
 
Portland Library
Mary Flood Room
20 Freestone Ave.
Portland, CT


The Fleas will be providing music for the opening reception of Brownstone Arts new exhibition, "A Place to Be." Come enjoy the art and the music. Free! 


The show continues through October 25th. 
 
For more information, call Portland Library: 860-342-6770. 


Thursday, August 28

Bethel Summer Concert Series

Sunday, August 31
6:00 til 7:30 pm

Municipal Center Lawn
1 School Street, Bethel CT

FREE!

Join us for an evening of ukulele swing. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your friends and family. It's free! The Fleas are pleased to announce that John Monten, honorary Flea, will be joining us on bass.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be indoors at the Municipal Center. 

Sunday, August 17

Eighth Connecticut Ukulele Invitational

Saturday, August 23rd
4:00 to 7:00 pm

Sticks and Stones Farm
201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown CT



Back by popular demand! 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.

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

Monday, July 28

Towne Crier Cafe

We are thrilled to be opening for the Hot Club of Cowtown! 
Sunday, August 10th
7:30pm


Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508



The Hot Club of Cowtown are one of our favorite bands, and we are thrilled to be the "special guests" at this show! Check them out if you don't know them: http://www.hotclubofcowtown.com/ 

And the new Towne Crier is terrific -- it's a huge upgrade from the old Pawling location. Come early for dinner and to ensure you get the best seats. The food is great! Don't miss dessert! 

Tickets: http://www.townecrier.com/

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, June 12

Clearwater Festival

Saturday, June 21
Noon: Uke Jam, Jam Tent
4:40pm, Circle of Song
Sunday, June 22
2:30pm, Artisanal Food and Farm Market

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

We are delighted to be part of this premier music event! Here's when we will be playing: Saturday 4:40 Circle of Song; Sunday 2:30 Artisanal Food and Farm Market. 
We are also hosting a UKE JAM, on Saturday at noon, in the Jam Tent. In honor of Jake Shimabukuro's appearance at Clearwater this year (Saturday at 6:30).
So bring your uke! There will be play-alongs on Saturday at the Circle of Song too. 
For tickets, directions and more info, visit http://www.clearwater.org.

Thursday, May 1

Ukulele Picnic!


Saturday, June 7th 
11 am until...

Steamboat Landing and 
the Boathouse
Belfast, Maine 


Calling all ukulele fans! 
This is going to be FUN! 
Workshops, concert, jamming and ukulele camaraderie is to be had!

Performers include Jim and Liz Beloff, Joel Eckhaus, The Edukated Fleas ... and more! 

Most events are FREE or by donation! 
More details to come! Check out the event's Facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Annual-Ukulele-Picnic/241996232639489

Don't miss it!