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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Thursday, May 20

Upcoming LIVE dates in June!

 Sunday, June 27, 11:30 til 2:30

Join us for Brunch at the Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY 

Join us as we return to play brunch at the Towne Crier. Great food accompanied by some toe-tapping ukulele swing from the Fleas!!  

🎸🎤 Ukulele Gathering, LIVE!!!!, Thursday, July 1, 6:30 til 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY. 
Our first live Ukulele Gathering (AKA open mic) was such fun, and now we're doing it again! Come perform for us! You must sign up via email by June 30th. Play-alongs too! And be sure to make a dinner reservation by calling 845-855-1300. Hopefully the guidelines will be further relaxed this time. Come enjoy a great meal and see friends in person at the Towne Crier!

Monday, May 3

May happenings and more LIVE FLEAS!!

 🌷Spring is here🌷 and the Fleas are swinging again! We are delighted to be returning to Note Kitchen in Bethel after a two-year hiatus for a May 15 brunch 12 to 3 on the patio -- and hope to see lots of local friends there!

🎼Swing Jam, Sunday, May 9, 10 til 1pm. Outdoors by the Beacon Welcome Center, across the street from Bank Square. Weather permitting! We are excited to play with friends again! We will gather outside the Beacon Welcome Center until Bank Square is fully open again and can accommodate us. Bring a chair and a music stand! Bathrooms available in the Welcome Center building.

🎸🎤 Ukulele Gathering, LIVE!!!!, Thursday, May 13, 6:30 til 9pm. We were virtual for more than a year, but now the "open mic" returns to the Towne Crier -- but in a little different form to comply with Covid guidelines. You must sign up via email (respond to this note) before 2pm on 5/13. Detailed guidelines to follow in a separate note. Come see friends in person at the Towne Crier!

🎶🍴 Brunch at Note, Saturday, May 15, 12 to 3. Note Kitchen and Bar, 227 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. After two years, the Fleas are delighted to return to Note! Join us for lunch or brunch on the patio, weather permitting! Note has great food and drink, and a perfect outdoor spot to relax and enjoy the spring weather. No cover charge. Celebrate the return of live music with us!