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, January 5

February with the Fleas and a new ukulele class

🎵 Brunch at Note Kitchen and Bar! Sunday, Feb. 5th, 11am til 2pm, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. We'll be back at Bethel's best new restaurant with some Swing tunes to dine by. Great food! No cover charge. Reservations recommended: 203-917-3411

 Valentines Day Dinner at Plain Jane's! Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7 til 9 pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT. Come celebrate with a special dinner or a glass of wine in a very pleasant atmosphere. No cover charge. Reservations recommended: (203) 797-1515

Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, Feb. 19th, 11:30 til 2:30pm 379 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508. Help us kick off another year of brunch at the Crier! Great food! No cover!

And our February Swing Jam on Sunday, Feb. 12th, of course!

New ukulele classes starting in February:
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com
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: Feb. 11, 18 and 25 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: March 11, 18 25, at 11:00 am. $45 for all three workshops