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 1

Fall fun with the Fleas!

Opportunities this month to learn to play the uke! Or just come hear us play!

🎸 Uke from Scratch! Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1:00 til 2:00pm. Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding CT. The uke workshop for complete beginners and I provide the ukes!! To register, call (203) 938-9725 or reply to this email. Cost: Just $8 for those over 50. ($15 for all others; adults only)
🎸 Uke from Scratch! Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am, North Castle Library, 19 Whippororwill Rd. E., Armonk NY. The workshop for total beginners and I provide the ukes!

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

🍽 Brunch at the Towne Crier! Sunday, October 27, 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.

🎃Spooky Ukulele Open Mic! 🎤 Thursday, October 31, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free! Halloween tunes welcome and costumes optional!! Play-alongs too! Last open mic before the upcoming Ukulele Invitational!

📣 SAVE THE DATE! Third Annual Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! Sunday, November 17th! Towne Crier, Beacon NY.

See you at one of these great events!