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

Friday, January 4

Happy Uke Year! January dates...

🎵 Brunch at Note! Sunday, January 6th, 11:30 am 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! Just the thing for a winter weekend. No cover charge.

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, January 13th, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome. 

 NEW! Ukulele Open Mic! Thursday, January 17th, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Join us at the kick-off and help make this event a regular bimonthly occurrence! Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Come and share your love of this amazing little instrument with a community of other like-minded aficionados! Here’s your chance to show off your uke chops, debut a new song, or just take that first step of playing in front of a supportive audience of ukulele fans. Hosted by Wendy Matthews of the Edukated Fleas, she’ll be keeping an ear out for performers to feature at the next Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! 
 
🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, January 27th, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Come in from the cold and join us for a cozy winter Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge.