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, October 20

Fleas Live on the Radio!

Wednesday, October 26th
5 pm

WPKN

89.5 FM or streaming at wpkn.org


You missed it? Listen to the archived show! Go here: : http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/26763
We come on an hour into the show, and are on for another hour!

Richard Epstein has invited the Fleas to be on his excellent radio show, Sometimes Classical! We’ll play some tunes live, talk about the ukulele world, and share music by some of our favorite ukulele performers. If you’re in Southern CT or Long Island, tune in at 89.5 FM. Or you can catch the show streaming live at wpkn.org.

Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, October 12

Check out our NEW YouTube video!

This was filmed by Tom Knight of Tom Knight Productions www.tomknight.com at the 2011 Mohegan Storytelling and Music Festival. Hope that you enjoy it!