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 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:

Tuesday, October 3

October with the Fleas!

🍴 Plain Jane's! Saturday, October 7th, 7 til 9 pm, 208 Greenwood Ave., Bethel CT
Come join us for a tasty dinner or a glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere. No cover charge.
Reservations: (203) 797-1515
🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, October 8th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.
🍁🎃 Warrups Farm, Sunday, Oct. 15, 12 til 2 pm, 11 John Read Road, Redding CT
Visit a real New England farm for pumpkins, hayrides and other fall delights -- including music from the Fleas! 
🍝 Towne Crier Brunch, Sunday, Oct. 22, 11:30 til 2:30 pm, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY  We're pleased to be back at the Crier after a couple of months away. Come join us for a Ukulele Swing brunch! Great food in a great music venue. No cover charge.

Beginner 2 ukulele classes!
If you already have a little bit of experience or have taken my Beginner 1, this class is for you!
What: Uke from Scratch, Beginner 2. Join Wendy for a series of three workshops that will help you get comfortable with chord progressions and strums in popular keys. Lots of tunes, too! 
Where: Upstairs at Molten Java in Bethel
When: Mondays at 7pm, Oct. 16, 23 and 30
Cost: $45 for all three classes. To sign up please email Wendy at
Intermediate classes in the works too.

Coming in November! Ukulele Invitational!
YES! It's back by popular demand. 
First Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational
Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY
Sunday, November 19th, 2:30 til 5:30 pm.