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:

Thursday, November 28

December with the Fleas!

Join us at one of our upcoming events, including the (FANFARE) theatrical debut of the Edukated Fleas! (read on to find out more...)
🖌🖼🍷 Art & Frame gallery opening reception! Saturday, December 7, 5pm til 7pm, Art & Frame, 77 Main St., Newtown CT.  The gallery's annual holiday show, featuring a juried exhibition of small and large works. Complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, plus live music from the Fleas!

🎼Swing Jam! Sunday, December 8, 10 am til 1:30 pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St. Beacon, NY. All instruments and listeners welcome.

🎄Holiday Uke Open Mic 🎤 Thursday, December 12, 7:00 til 9:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Sign up in person starting at 5pm. Free! Let's celebrate the holidays and our first year of Uke Open Mics at the Crier! Play-alongs too!

🎭 A Brooklyn Carol, Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 7:30pm, Arts on the Lake, Lake Carmel NY. The Fleas' theatrical debut! A charming new holiday play with music. Learn more and purchase tickets here:

🎅 Ho-Ho-Holiday Brunch! 🎅 Sunday, December 15th, 11:30 til 2:30 pm. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and join us for our Ukulele Swing brunch! Tasty, toe-tapping tunes and tasty food! No cover charge. Reservations suggested.

🎸 Beginner Uke: Holiday tunes! Wednesdays, December 4 and 11, 1pm.
Redding Heritage Center, Redding CT, Cost: $16 for those over 50; $24 for everyone else. Learn some holiday tunes and entertain your friends and family this season!

🎁Gift Ideas from the Fleas!
Ukulele lessons make a great gift for the beginner or the more accomplished player. Especially if someone you know is getting a ukulele for Christmas!
  Our recording It Had to Be Uke makes a great gift! Now only $10 if you get it from us. Also available on CD or MP3 at CD Baby and Amazon

Sunday, November 3

Third Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational

Sunday, November 17th, 2:00pm til 5:00pm
Towne Crier Cafe
Main St., Beacon NY