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

Tuesday, September 22

Fleas in October -- a rare concert appearance and workshops!

The Fleas have been notably absent from the scene since the advent of the pandemic, so we are excited to announce that we'll be playing in a Gaithersburg Uke Fest Performers Showcase on October 17th.

And the Uke Fest is doing an amazing job of keeping the ukulele world going by hosting many varied ukulele workshops this fall --18 in October alone, and Wendy will be teaching three of them! To register or for details on all the workshops, email gaithersburgukefest@gmail.

🎶 Gussy Up Your Three-Chord Tunes, Thursday, Oct. 1st, 8pm.  Learn how to enrich simple tunes to make them more interesting to play and sophisticated to listen to. Advanced beginner.

🎸 Closed Position Chords: Many chords, one shape; Thursday, Oct. 15th, 8pm. Movable chord shapes will help you use more of your fretboard, play easily in any key and become a better musician. Intermediate/advanced intermediate.

🎤 Gaithersburg Uke Fest Performers Showcase: Jazz and Swing, Saturday, Oct. 17th, 2pm til 4pm. A great performer lineup and prizes too! Please RSVP to gaithersburgukefest@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

🐞 Meet the Beatles, Saturday, Oct. 24th, 11am. Learn to play a complete arrangement of a Beatles tune (From Me to You) in the original Beatle key and matching the original arrangement, so you can play and sing along with the Fab Four! Advanced beginner/intermediate.

Kudos to the Gaithersburg Uke Fest for the fantastic support they've provided for ukulele players and performers during the pandemic!

Monday, August 24

August Flea News

With the pandemic putting the kibosh on all our gigs through year end there is not much to report from Flealand -- but we miss seeing and playing for all of you! Here's what we can report: 

🎤Ukulele Open Mic, virtual edition IX, Thursday, August  27, 7:00 til 9:00 pm. The Uke Open Mic continues via Zoom. RSVP to edukatedfleas@gmail.com with your email address by 3pm on 8/27 to sign up to perform or participate in the Play-Alongs. 
Two short tunes or max. 10 minutes per set! 
The Uke Open Mic happens biweekly. 

🎸 Want to learn to play the uke? Online group classes are forming for the fall. If you are interested, email us with your level: complete beginner, beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, etc. Private lessons available too!



Tuesday, June 2

June Flea news!

We are still in virtual gig mode, but please join us at these events! 

🎶 💻 Saturday, June 6th, 2pm til 4pm: The Edukated Fleas will be featured on the Gaithersburg Uke Fest Performer Showcase, live via Zoom. Email us or gaithersburgukefest@gmail.com for the Zoom link to attend the live stream.

 Sunday, June 7th, 6pm til 7pm: Wendy will be Uncle Bill Whiskey's special guest on his Sip 'n' Sup show, streaming live on Facebook. Note date change from graphic below! 


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🎤 Wednesday, June 10th, 7pm til 9pm: Uke Open Mic, virtual edition V! The open mic continues via Zoom or streaming to Facebook live! RSVP for a performance slot or to participate in the playalongs. 

And we'll post more news soon!

Tuesday, March 31

Virtual concert!

We are pleased to do our part to support Bethel businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Join us and many other musicians for this virtual concert!
Friday April 3rd, 4pm til 8pm!