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.
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Wedding? Special birthday? Cocktails on the patio? Let the Fleas add some fun to your next event:

Monday, September 5


 Join us to jam, for uke lessons or for brunch!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, September 11th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot -- or we might be out on the patio. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!

🎶🍴 Brunch at Note, Sunday, September 18, 12 to 3. Note Kitchen and Bar, 227 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. We are delighted to return to Note! Join us for lunch or brunch on the patio or indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. Note has great food and drink, and a perfect outdoor spot to relax and enjoy the last bit of summer. No cover charge.

🎸 Uke classes start September 13! Join Wendy for a group uke class! Continuing beginner or Intermediate classes start on September 13 at the Redding Heritage Center. Class will also be offered on Zoom. Reply to this email for more information.