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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Sunday, November 28


 It's hard to believe that 2021 is almost over! Join us at these final events of the year.

🎼Swing Jam, Sunday, December 12th, 10 til 1pm. We'll be back at Bank Square Coffeehouse in our favorite old spot. All instruments welcome!

🎅 🎄 🎅 HO-HO-HO Holiday Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, December 19th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. With special honorary Flea, Tom Lombardi! Tom will be filling in for Wendy on uke (no strumming due to shoulder surgery), but Wendy will still be singing! Come celebrate the holidays with us and enjoy a delicious brunch! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.

Tuesday, November 2

November dates with the Fleas!

 🎵 Fleas and Friends in Concert, Saturday, November 6th, 1pm. Mahopac Library, 668 US-6, Mahopac, NY 10541. We'll be joined by the inimitable Art Labriola on lap steel guitar and Niles Spaulding on bass for a concert of hapa haole Hawaiian classics and swing tunes. Free!! But register with the library at

🎼Swing Jam, Sunday, November 14th, 10 til 1pm. It's time to head indoors! We'll be back at Bank Square Coffeehouse in our old spot. All instruments welcome!

🎸🎤🎶 Fourth Hudson Valley Ukulele Invitational! Sunday, November 21, 3pm til 5:45pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon NY. After a year's Covid hiatus, we're thrilled to announce the return of the ukulele invitational. Bring your uke and join the fun: There will be a host of great performers, plus play-alongs for everyone to participate in. Support the Crier by enjoying a late lunch or early dinner! Great food and drink! Don't miss it! Suggested donation: $5.