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, December 16

Suggestion from Santa

Ukulele lessons make a great gift!

Wendy will be offering two new series of beginner uke classes — in Bethel CT and at Arts on the Lake — starting in January. And for those that have already taken Beginner 1 and 2, I’ll be offering level 3! 

Start the New Year with some strummin’! 

At Arts on the Lake: Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, NY.  Register online at http://www.artsonthelake.org/class_list.php Sign up to reserve a spot!
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 Tuesdays: Jan 26, Feb 2 and 9, 7:30 pm. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members)
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: Feb 16, 23 and March 1, 7:30 pm. $45 for all three workshops ($40 for members)
Level 3: For experienced beginners or those who want to sharpen their ukulele skills. A series of four workshops, each on a different topic.  
Four Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30pm. $60 for all four workshops ($54 for members)

Upstairs at Molten Java: 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com

Level 3: For experienced beginners or those who want to sharpen their ukulele skills. A series of four workshops, each on a different topic.
Four Mondays starting Jan. 25
at 7:00 pm. $60 for all four workshops

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 Saturdays: Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13 at 11:00 am. $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 Saturdays: Feb 20, 27 and March 5, at 11:00 am. $45 for all three workshops

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