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, June 27

Ukulele Workshop and Concert!

Sunday, July 15th

Sticks and Stones Farm
201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown, CT

 
Workshop: 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Concert: 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Stay and jam!

Spend a very special afternoon with the Fleas! We'll be offering a ukulele workshop -- for beginners and those who are more advanced too -- plus an Edukated Fleas concert, followed by a uke jam! Join us for the whole program, or enjoy a hike at the beautiful Sticks and Stones Farm and just come to the concert. 

Sunday, June 24

Fifth Connecticut Ukulele Invitational!

Friday, July 6th
7:30 to 10:30 pm


Las Vetas Lounge
27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield CT 


Attention ukuleleists! Dust off those ukes, and come join us for a great ukulele evening, hosted by the Edukated Fleas and Uncle Zac! There will be a terrific lineup of ukulele performers, plus PLAY ALONGS! Yes, everybody gets to play, so bring your uke! And, we'll close the evening with a ukulele open mic, time permitting.


Right next to the train station!
Don't miss the ukulele fun!

Tuesday, June 12

Clearwater Festival!

 
Sunday, June 17 
2:45pm

Clearwater Festival
The Great Hudson River Revival
 
Croton Point Park, Croton NY

The Fleas are delighted to be appearing at Clearwater again this year! And, we are proud to be representing the ukulele world at this huge music festival. Find us at the Circle of Song stage at 2:45 pm for Ukulele Madness!! For tickets, directions and more info, visit http://www.clearwater.org/festival/index.html

Monday, June 4


New York Ukulele Festival 2012

Ethical Culture Society 
2 West 64th St.
New York, NY 10025
 


Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 

Fleas present a workshop at 12:30pm Saturday, June 9th!

The NY Uke Fest is not to be missed! Concerts, workshops, vendors, and a luau! WOW. Speaking of workshops, we'll be presenting ours on Saturday at 12:30: Standards, Simply! Great for advanced beginners who want to play swing and jazz standards, but who find the chords a bit daunting. Here's an easy way to get started.

Check the Fest website for more info and tickets:http://www.nyukefest.com/