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, September 1

Fleas events in September

Catch the Fleas at one of these upcoming events. All events are free, though donations are most welcome.

Saturday September 10, 5pm, Music on the Squares. On the VFW Hall porch, corner of Main St. and Teller Ave., Beacon NY

Sunday, September 11, 2:30 to 6pm, Hoot on the Hudson. Little Stony Point Park, Cold Spring NY

Friday, September 23, 7 to 9pm, Dorothy’s Music Room. 19 West Main Street, Trumansburg, NY

Saturday, September 24, 5 to 11:30 pm, Heebasquabee Festival. Covert Road, Hector NY

Musicians! Join our monthly Swing Jam! Bank Square Coffeehouse, 129 Main St., Beacon NY. Sundays, 10 to 2, Sept. 11, Oct. 9…all instruments welcome.

This lovely photo was taken by Cappy Hotchkiss at a wonderful wedding at which we performed in July. Check out her work at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cappy-Hotchkiss-Photography/322871673299