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

Sunday, February 21

Flea news update

Ukulele player sighting in Borneo!

Things have been quiet since January as Wendy was off traveling in Borneo and Malaysia for about a month. While she was away, she played a couple of ukulele gigs aboard the elegant RV Orient Pandaw as it sailed the Rajang River in Borneo! Thanks to Lucinda Patrick for the photo.

But there are lots of fun things coming up. The Fleas will be part of the Augusta Swing Week Reunion in Maryland at the end of February. Then on March 18, we'll be back at the Music Room at Whistling Willie's in Cold Spring, NY -- a great venue. And, on March 26th we'll be playing at the Ukulele Cabaret in NYC at its new, still secret, location! Stay tuned.

Finally, we are looking for a good location to hold a Ukulele Invitational in the Hudson Valley, NY area. Any ideas? Email us.