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!

Looking for a great gift? The Fleas' full-length CD, "It Had To Be Uke" is now available! Get it directly from us: $15 + 3.50 if you'd like it mailed to you. Just use this link to our PayPal page.
Also available for download on CD Baby and Amazon.

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

Saturday, July 7

July dates!

First off, thanks to all of you that came out and supported the Fleas and our new CD endeavor on July 6 at the High Note and June 22 at the Towne Crier. You folks warm our hearts!!

And now, on to the rest of the month, starting tomorrow!
🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, July 8th, 10am til 1:30pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. Weather looks to be spectacular, so we'll be out on the patio! All instruments and listeners welcome.

🌞 Masonic Village, Friday, July 13, 6pm, One Masonic way, Elizabethtown PA. Dinner concert on the patio; indoors at the tavern if weather is inclement. Public invited. 

🎹 Brunch at Note Kitchen & Bar with SJK Jazz, Sunday, July 15, Greenwood Ave. Bethel. NOT a Fleas gig, but Wendy is the vocalist with this keyboard-based quartet.

🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, July 21st, 10:30 til noon, A Common Ground, 33 Crosby St, Danbury, Connecticut 06810 The workshop for total beginners! $20 per person, includes use of a loaner uke. Those with their own ukes welcome too. To register and reserve your spot, email Jill Hancock at

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, July 22nd, 11:30 til 2:30pm, Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge.

.... And more Uke from Scratch! in July at these libraries! Contact the library to register.
  • Thursday, July 26, 7pm: Sarah Hull Hallock Free LIbrary, Milton, NY
  • Saturday, July 28, 1pm: Croton Free Library, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Fleas CDs available!
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Also available for download on CD Baby and Amazon.