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, September 6

See you in September!!


Upcoming Flea dates

🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, September 10, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🍸 Note Kitchen! Sunday, September 17, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.

🍴 Plain Jane's! Saturday, October 7th, 7 til 9pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT
Come join us for a tasty dinner or a glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere. No cover charge.
Reservations recommended: (203) 797-1515


New beginner ukulele classes!
Longing to learn to play the uke? Have friends or family who want to? It's easy!
What: Uke from Scratch, 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
When: Mondays at 7pm, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9
Cost: $45 for all three classes. To sign up please email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com
Uke from Scratch, Beginner 2 will follow in October. Intermediate classes in the works too.

Tuesday, July 18

July Flea dates


🍴🎼 Towne Crier! Sunday, July 23, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, The Towne Crier, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch at the Towne Crier! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.
If you can't make it to the Crier, join us at Note!
🎵🍸 Note Kitchen! Sunday, July 30, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.
PLEASE NOTE: our next Swing Jam will be on the FIRST Sunday of the month: 🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, August 6th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

Monday, June 5

June's Jumpin' with the Fleas!


⛵😎🎶 Clearwater Festival! Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18. Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520. We are so happy that the Great Hudson River Revival is back this year, and delighted to be a part of it. We'll be offering Wendy's Uke from Scratch workshop at the new Workshop Stage from 2:15 to 3pm on Saturday! And we'll be performing at the Circle of Song on Sunday from 1:15 til 2pm for Ukulele Basics and Beyond! You'll also find us hosting a uke jam at the jam tent either day! Tickets and more info: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

🍴🎼 Towne Crier Brunch! Sunday, June 25, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, The Towne Crier, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch at the Towne Crier! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.
🎵🍸 Note Kitchen Brunch! Sunday, July 30, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.

Monday, May 8

Mother's Day Brunch at the Towne Crier!

Sunday, May 14th,
11:30 til 2:30

 

Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St.,

Beacon, NY

Attention all mothers! And anyone who has a mother! 
Come join us for a special Mother's Day brunch at the Towne Crier. Mothers of all ages are sure to enjoy the great food, great venue, and some ukulele swing to help you celebrate! No cover!
Reservations: http://townecc.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=261252&cart or call (845) 855-1300. 

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/