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:

Wednesday, June 13

June's Jumpin' with Fleas!

🎨Art & Frame opening reception, Saturday, June 9th, 5pm til 7pm, Art & Frame Of Danbury, Route 6 Plaza, 60 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT. Join us for the opening of "Abstracted Thoughts," an exhibition of abstract works by local artists. 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.
🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, June 10th, 10am til 1:30pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. If the weather's good, we'll be out on the patio! All instruments and listeners welcome.
⛵ Clearwater Festival! Sunday, June 17. Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520. We'll be performing at the Circle of Song from 1:15 til 2pm. You'll also find us hosting a jam at the jam tent from 3 til 4pm. Tickets and more info:
Don't forget the big event this month!
It Had To Be Uke! The Edukated Fleas CD release party! Friday, June 22nd, 6:30 til 8:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us to celebrate the long-awaited release of our new album! Lots of fun things planned including a vintage costume contest, special guests and giveaways! And, of course, there will be tunes!!!
And last but not least:
🎸 Uke from Scratch! Thursday, June 28th, 2 til 3:30pm. Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill CT. The workshop for total beginners, complete with loaner ukes for you to use.