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:

Monday, November 30

December: Holiday showcase and two Uke Open Mics!


Saturday, December 5th, 2:00 til 4:00pm Join us on Zoom for the Gaithersburg Ukefest Holiday Performers Showcase. Lots of great performers celebrating the season! We're on early, about 2:10. Email us at and we'll send you the Zoom link! 

🎤 🎄 Uke Open Mic, Virtual Edition XIV and XV, Thursday, Dec. 3rd and Dec. 17th, 7 til 9pm. The virtual uke open mic continues via Zoom and Facebook Live! To sign up to perform or participate in the holiday Play-Alongs, email us at by 3pm on the day of the event to receive the link.
⛄ Celebrate the season! Holiday tunes welcome! Two tunes or max. 10 minutes per set.

Monday, November 2

November: Fleas live!!

 We are thrilled to announce our first LIVE gig since February -- and it might be the only one this year. Please join us for brunch at the Towne Crier in Beacon on Sunday, November 15th! Come on out and support live music while you can! Details below.

🎤🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, November 15th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. The Fleas are delighted to be providing music for your brunching enjoyment! The Crier has installed a HEPA filtration system, has socially distanced tables and has opened up the entire large space to provide good air circulation. Tasty food too!!! Reservations suggested, no cover charge. We would be so delighted to see you!
🎶 Uke Open Mic, Virtual Edition XIII, Thursday, Nov. 12th, 7 til 9pm. The virtual uke open mic continues via Zoom and Facebook Live! To sign up to perform or participate in the Play-Alongs, RSVP to this email by 3pm on 11/12 to receive the link. Two tunes or max. 10 minutes per set.