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' full-length CD, "It Had To Be Uke" is now available! Get your very own copy directly from us:
$15 + 3.50 if you'd like it mailed to you. Just use this link: PayPal.Me/edukatedfleas/18.50
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, August 7

Dog Days of August with the Fleas!


🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, August 12th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. if the weather is good, we'll be out on the patio! All instruments and listeners welcome.

🎤 Fluke at Molten Java! Friday, August 17th, 7:30 til 9:30 pm, 213 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. Molten now serves beer and wine, so come join us for a happy Friday libation, a snack and some fun tunes! No cover charge, tips appreciated. Fluke is Julie Sorcek, flute and Wendy Matthews, ukulele.  

Saturday, August 18, noon until ? Putnam Park, Bethel. Rain date Saturday, August 25. Bring your uke and food and drink to share and join the happening!

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, August 19, 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.

🎶 Celtic Night (with a little swing on the side), Sunday, August 19, 5:00 til 7:30 pm, The Abbey Restaurant and Bar, 132 Danbury Rd., New Milford CT
Wendy and Greg will join host Uncle Bill Whiskey (AKA Bill Wisnowski) as the special musical guests at Celtic Night! We'll be doing some swingy Fleas tunes and Tin Pan Alley favorites along with Celtic and Americana music! The Abbey has terrific food and drink specials at happy hour prices! No cover, tips appreciated.

LEARN TO PLAY THE UKE! Join Wendy for the Beginner 1 series of three workshops in Bethel:
  🎸Beginner 1 ukulele classes
What: Uke 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!
Where: Upstairs at Molten Java in Bethel, CT
When: Mondays at 7pm, Aug. 13, 20 and 27
Cost: $45 for all three classes. To sign up please email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com! Space is limited.

Saturday, July 7

July dates!

First off, thanks to all of you that came out and supported the Fleas and our new CD endeavor on July 6 at the High Note and June 22 at the Towne Crier. You folks warm our hearts!!

And now, on to the rest of the month, starting tomorrow!
🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, July 8th, 10am til 1:30pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. Weather looks to be spectacular, so we'll be out on the patio! All instruments and listeners welcome.

🌞 Masonic Village, Friday, July 13, 6pm, One Masonic way, Elizabethtown PA. Dinner concert on the patio; indoors at the tavern if weather is inclement. Public invited. 

🎹 Brunch at Note Kitchen & Bar with SJK Jazz, Sunday, July 15, Greenwood Ave. Bethel. NOT a Fleas gig, but Wendy is the vocalist with this keyboard-based quartet.

🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, July 21st, 10:30 til noon, A Common Ground, 33 Crosby St, Danbury, Connecticut 06810 The workshop for total beginners! $20 per person, includes use of a loaner uke. Those with their own ukes welcome too. To register and reserve your spot, email Jill Hancock at acommonground@live.com.

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, July 22nd, 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.

.... And more Uke from Scratch! in July at these libraries! Contact the library to register.
  • Thursday, July 26, 7pm: Sarah Hull Hallock Free LIbrary, Milton, NY
  • Saturday, July 28, 1pm: Croton Free Library, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Fleas CDs available!
Get your very own copy of the Fleas' new CD, It Had to Be Uke, directly from us! $15 + 3.50 if you'd like it mailed to you. Just use this link: PayPal.Me/edukatedfleas/18.50 `
Also available for download on CD Baby and Amazon.

Tuesday, June 19

July 6th! CD Release Party, Connecticut Edition!

Friday, July 6th, 7:00pm

The High Note at Note Kitchen & Bar, 

227 Greenwood Ave, 2nd Floor, Bethel CT
Join us to celebrate the long-awaited release of our new album! We'd love to have you be part of the fun. FREE!
  • We are delighted to announce that the fabulous Mark Murphy will be joining us on bass! 
  • Special guest Julie Sorcek and Fluke will open the show! 
  • Raffle entry with every CD purchased! Giveaways too!!
  • Note's excellent dinner and pub menus will be available for your enjoyment!
  • Of course, we'll also be playing songs from the CD!
The CDs are in!
If you can't make it to the party and you'd like a CD, you can get your copy directly from us! $15 + 3.50 if you'd like it mailed to you. Just use this link: PayPal.Me/edukatedfleas/18.50 `
 

Wednesday, June 13

June's Jumpin' with Fleas!

🎨Art & Frame opening reception, Saturday, June 9th, 5pm til 7pm, Art & Frame Of Danbury, Route 6 Plaza, 60 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT. Join us for the opening of "Abstracted Thoughts," an exhibition of abstract works by local artists. 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.
🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, June 10th, 10am til 1:30pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. If the weather's good, we'll be out on the patio! All instruments and listeners welcome.
⛵ Clearwater Festival! Sunday, June 17. Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520. We'll be performing at the Circle of Song from 1:15 til 2pm. You'll also find us hosting a jam at the jam tent from 3 til 4pm. Tickets and more info: https://www.clearwaterfestival.org/
Don't forget the big event this month!
It Had To Be Uke! The Edukated Fleas CD release party! Friday, June 22nd, 6:30 til 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us to celebrate the long-awaited release of our new album! Lots of fun things planned including a vintage costume contest, special guests and giveaways! And, of course, there will be tunes!!!
And last but not least:
🎸 Uke from Scratch! Thursday, June 28th, 2 til 3:30pm. Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill CT. The workshop for total beginners, complete with loaner ukes for you to use.