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, September 13

Special program at the Library!

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT

Tuesday September 21st, 7:00 pm

The Fleas are delighted to be doing this special program at the library. Come enjoy a concert of some of the Fleas' favorite tunes, and learn a little history of the ukulele too!

Support live music! Support your local library!

Admission FREE! To reserve your seat, call 203-794-8756, x4, or email adult@bethellibrary.org

Monday, September 6

"Sunlight & Shadow" artists' reception


Portland Library
20 Freestone Ave, Portland CT

Saturday September 11th, 2 pm to 4 pm

The Fleas will entertain at the artists' reception for the Brownstone Arts Sunlight & Shadow art exhibition, which will be held in the Mary Flood Room at the Portland Library. Paintings, pastels, watercolors, photographs, fabric art, and work in other mediums will be displayed. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library. The exhibit runs from September 1st through 29th. For more information, call the library at 860-342-6770.

Admission free! Come enjoy the art and the music.

Photographs by Lucinda Patrick.