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:

Friday, March 9

March into Spring with the Fleas!

We're back in the SWING of things and look forward to seeing your friendly faces at these upcoming events! Or join Wendy for a uke class. 

🍸 Brunch at Note Kitchen and Bar! Sunday, March 18, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801. Bethel's best restaurant -- delicious, innovative food, plus there is always music at Note! What could be better? No cover charge.
🍴 Brunch at Towne Crier! Sunday, March 25, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. We're delighted to be back at the Crier! Join us for a ukulele swing brunch! No cover charge.

New ukulele class:
For advanced beginners and intermediates

What: Gussy up your three-chord tunes: Learn techniques for making any three-chord tune more sophisticated and interesting to play. Passing chords, chord extensions and grace notes, slides, walkdowns, and playing up the neck will all be explored. .
Where: Upstairs at Molten Java in Bethel CT
When: Mondays at 7pm, March 19, 26, April 2, and 9
OR Saturdays at 10:30am, March 24, 31, April 7 and 14
Cost: $60 for all four classes.
sign up or if you have questions, please email Wendy at!