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

Friday, October 23

Beginners! Learn to play the ukulele!

Beginner ukulele workshop series

New Bethel classes starting Nov. 2nd!

Beginner 1: Join Wendy for a series of three workshops that will get you started with easy chords and progressions. You'll be playing tunes in no time!
Three Mondays: Nov. 2, 9 and 16, at 7:00 pm. Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. $45 for all three workshops

Beginner 2: For those that have taken Beginner 1 or have a little bit of experience. You'll continue to build your ukulele skills with more chords, strums and progressions. 
Three Mondays: Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7, at 7:00 pm.
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. $45 for all three workshops.

To sign up, email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com


Classes continue at Arts on the Lake! 
Beginner 2: For those that have taken Beginner 1 or have a little bit of experience. You'll continue to build your ukulele skills with more chords, strums and progressions. 
Three Tuesdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10, from 7:30 til 8:45 pm. Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY$45 for all three workshops ($40 for members) 
Sign up at http://www.artsonthelake.org/class.php?cl_id=12584&cs_cat=416#.VfMhPZf3bUw


Questions? Email Wendy at edukatedfleas@gmail.com. 
Not a beginner? Private lessons available with Wendy or Greg.