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!

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

Tuesday, October 2

Where to find the Fleas in October!

🎤Coffeehouse concert series! Friday, October 12, 7:00 til 8:30 pm, Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St, Ellington, CT.  We're delighted to be part of the library's popular coffeehouse series! Join us, it's free.

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, October 14th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🍀 Celtic Night (with a little swing on the side), Sunday, October 14, 5:00 til 7:30 pm, The Abbey Restaurant and Bar, 132 Danbury Rd., New Milford CT
Wendy and Greg will join host Uncle Bill Whiskey (AKA Bill Wisnowski) as the special musical guests at Celtic Night! We'll be doing some swingy Fleas tunes and Tin Pan Alley favorites along with Celtic and Americana music! The Abbey has terrific food and drink specials at happy hour prices! No cover, tips appreciated.

🎵 Fleas in Concert at Croton Library! Friday, October 19, 7:30 til 9:00pm, Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. This will be a special event in a wonderful theatre with the fabulous Mark Murphy joining us on bass. And it's free!

🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, October 20th, 3:00 til 4:30 pm, Fairfield LIbrary, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT. The ukulele workshop for complete beginners! No uke, no problem, we have loaners to share. Free, but registration required. Contact the library to register.

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, October 21st, 11:30 til 2:30 pm,
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.