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

Tuesday, September 30

Molten Java, Bethel CT

Saturday, October 11
8 to 10pm
Molten Java Cafe
102 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT

Join the Fleas at Bethel's premier coffee emporium. We will be joined by special guest Uncle Zac for an eclectic evening of ukulele tunes. Admission free, tips appreciated. Specialty coffees and desserts for your enjoyment.

In Memory of Vic Schwarz


Vic Schwarz passed away on September 3 following a 14-year battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Greg was a longtime member of Vic's band, Acoustic Workshop. Wendy joined more recently. We will miss him very much.

Vic's memory will be honored in a gathering of many of his friends and loved ones, sharing music and fond memories. Friends are invited to participate in the celebration of Vic's life on Sunday, October 19 at 2pm at the Garrison Fish and Game Club. For more information, visit www.friendsofvic.com

Wednesday, September 24

You CAN eat the scenery!


Sunday, September 28th, 5:30pm
Garrison, NY

Enjoy a real garden party: Cocktails and dinner in the garden of artist/designers Grace Kennedy and Tim D'Acquisto, with entertainment by the Fleas -- all to benefit the Garrison Arts Center. Visit http://www.garrisonartcenter.org/ to register, or contact us: edukatedfleas@edukatedfleas.com for more info.

Monday, September 15

The Ukulaliens in concert


Saturday, September 20th, 2pm
East Hampton Public Library
105 Main Street, East Hampton, CT

Come hear our larger band, Roswell and the Ukulaliens, in concert! We play an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the 20s through the 70s, and feature clarinet, guitar and bass, along with ukuleles (of course!).

Admission is free, but register with the library to attend. 860-267-6621 or online at http://www.easthamptonct.org/Pages/EastHamptonCT_Library/index, Events Calendar.

Saturday, September 13

Depot Restaurant, Cold Spring, NY


The Fleas will be appearing at the Depot Restaurant, One Depot Square, Cold Spring NY, on Friday, September 12, with our friend, swing guitarist Peter C. North. Look for us in the bar, starting at 8pm. Come enjoy a great meal, a cold beer and some great swing music!

Friday, September 12

Norwalk Oyster Festival

We will be playing at the Norwalk Oyster Festival in our larger group Roswell & the Ukulaliens on Saturday Sept. 6th, 3:30pm, Waterfront Stage.

The Oyster Fest is a three-day fun family event that includes crafts, vendors, food and music set at the historic South Norwalk waterfront.
Advance sale tickets are available at http://www.seaport.org/OysterFestEntertainment.html and include all entertainment.

Come and spend the day!

Wednesday, September 10

Cold Spring Farmers' Market


Saturday August 30th, 10am to 12 noon

Join the Edukated Fleas at the Farmers' Market, where you'll also find farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, wine, cheese and baked goods. The Farmer's Market is held at 44 Chestnut Street (Route 9D) in the village of Cold Spring.