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' full-length CD, "It Had To Be Uke" is finally completed and will be released in early June 2018! It will be available for purchase as a CD or download on CD Baby. Stay tuned!

Wedding? Special birthday? Cocktails on the patio? Let the Fleas add some fun to your next event: edukatedfleas@edukatedfleas.com

Thursday, May 10

SAVE THE DATE! CD Release Party!

Friday, June 22nd, 6:30pm

Towne Crier Cafe,  379 Main St., Beacon NY

 

Join the Edukated Fleas at our CD Release Party!


It’s been a long time coming, but the Fleas’ full-length album It Had To Be Uke is finally here! Come celebrate with us! We’ll be playing songs from the CD, and we’re planning a few surprises, a contest and giveaways, maybe even a special guest. Free!

Our new recording features a selection of our favorite tunes, primarily from the 1920s and 30s, all delivered on two ukuleles. Wendy and Greg share the vocals, often in harmony, plus the fabulous Mark Murphy joins us on bass.

May fun with the Fleas

🎸Swing Jam! Sunday, May 13, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. Our second Sunday Swing Jam continues! All instruments and listeners welcome.

🐝🌻🐝 Redding Hive! Saturday, May 19th, 11:00 til 3:00. Fleas play from 11 til 12 noon! Topstone Park, 72 Topstone Rd., Redding. Local businesses will sell their merchandise, food trucks provide lunch, plus live music! Free! Find out more here https://www.facebook.com/events/175681593242355/ and here  thereddinghive.com.  

🍴 Brunch at Towne Crier! Sunday, May 20, 11:30 til 2:30.
Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY.

Join the Fleas for our ukulele swing brunch! Great food, great venue and lots of fun tunes to tap your toes to. No cover!