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

Thursday, July 28

Mohegan Colony Storytelling and Music Festival

Saturday, August 13
99 Baron de Hirsch Rd., Crompond, NY 10517
12:30 to 10:30 pm

The Fleas are playing both stages, and will be leading a ukulele jam!

Main stage set: 3:30pm
Uke jam: 5pm

Rain or shine, all venues covered

Breaking news! Bring your uke and get a 50% discount!

Eleventh annual! Nationally acclaimed storytellers and great music, what a combination! A full afternoon of music and stories on two stages -- main stage and family stage -- and an evening Ghost Story (and music) concert complete with flickering candlelight.

Bring a picnic and your ukulele (or your singing voice)! Outdoor picnic areas -- and a special ukulele jamming area -- will be available, plus we'll be leading a sing-along, play-along.

There's even a storytelling workshop with Bob Reiser, starting at 10:00 a.m. that is sure to sell out, so reserve your spot today!

Tickets are available for individual segments -- or the entire event. For more details and to reserve tickets, go to: http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/mohegan/ and click on Judith Heineman or Ellen Monten.

Thursday, July 14

A Celebration of America's Promise

The Henry L. Wallace Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538


Thursday, July 21st
4 pm to 6 pm


This celebration of all the New Deal stood for is the culmination of the statewide caravan put together by Citizen Action NY to restore America's promise. Complete with music from the era, provided by the Edukated Fleas! Find out more and RSVP (due to limited capacity) at http://citizenactionny.org/americanpromise