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, March 1

March into Spring with the Fleas!

Here's where you'll find us in the next few weeks.

🎶 Wintersquabee!! Saturday, March 4th. Fleas play at 2:00pm! Stonecat Cafe, 5315 Route 414, Hector NY. A whole weekend of music, food and fun! Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476239675722668/

📷 Art & Frame opening reception, Saturday, March 11th, 5pm til 7pm, Art & Frame Of Danbury, Route 6 Plaza, 60 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT. Join us for the opening of "Shutter," a photography exhibition! Art & Frame openings are always lots of fun: live music (that's us), food and drink, and interesting art to peruse. Come enjoy a convivial evening! Free.

🍴Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, March 26th, 11:30 til 2:30pm 379 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508. Great food! Great venue! No cover! What's not to like?

🎸 Mahopac Library BAMM series: Beginners' ukulele workshop, Saturday, April 1st 1:00 til 2:30pm. An introduction to the joys of uke. If you've got one or can borrow one, bring it! We will have a few to lend too. Sing-along following the workshop. Registration required. Register online at mahopac.library.org

And our March Swing Jam on Sunday, Feb. 12th, at Bank Square in Beacon, of course!

New ukulele class for advanced beginners and intermediates!
Upstairs at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT. Email Wendy to reserve a spot: edukatedfleas@gmail.com
When: Four Saturdays: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1st from 10:30 til 11:30 am
Cost: $60 for all four classes.

Private lessons in person or via Skype also.