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, August 11

Fleas Newsflash!

We hope that the summer has been treating you well. We've been having a busy time -- mostly recently we just returned from another fantastic Swing Week at Augusta. Those of you who play an instrument and enjoy the kind of music we play should definitely think about going next year. http://www.augustaheritage.com/swing.html.

Now that we're back, we thought we'd bring you up to date on what's in store for the Fleas.
September
Sunday, Sept. 5, 12 to 2:30pm: Beacon Farmers' Market, waterfront park, Beacon NY.
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2 to 4pm, Brownstone Arts opening, Portland Public Library, Portland CT.
Sunday, Sept 12, 10am to 12pm, Swing Jam, Beacon NY
Sunday, Sept 12, 2 to 6pm, Hoot on the Hudson, Cold Spring NY
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 to 8:30pm, Bethel Public Library, Bethel CT
Saturday, Sept. 25, 5 to 6pm, Heebasquabee Festival, Glendale Farms, Hector NY
Check the calendar to the right for details, directions and more info. We hope to see you at one of these great events!