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

Monday, June 1

Summer Solstice art opening


Portland Library

20 Freestone Ave, Portland CT

Saturday June 6th, 2 pm to 4 pm

The Fleas will entertain at the opening reception for the Brownstone Arts Summer Solstice art exhibition, which will be held in the Mary Flood Room at the Portland Library. Admission free! Come enjoy the art and the music.

The exhibit runs from June 6th through July 29th. For more information, call the library at 860-342-6770.

Art detail from In the Depths of Summer, watercolor by Dawn Brindle.

Tall Ships Concert features the Ukulaliens

Cold Spring Bandstand
Cold Spring waterfront park, Cold Spring NY

Sunday June 7th, 3 pm to 4 pm

We'll be appearing with our larger band, Roswell and the Ukulaliens to celebrate New York's 4ooth anniversary. Watch the tall ships pass on their way up the Hudson River, enjoy a picnic by the water, and a lineup of bands starting at 2 pm and going until 8 pm. Free admission!

Roswell and the Ukulaliens: Greg Doyle, guitar; Wendy Matthews, ukulele; John Monten, bass; Pete Zacagnino, ukulele; Paul Cundari, ukulele.