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

Wednesday, February 2

Where to find the Fleas in February

Wendy is back to playing again after a couple of months off for necessary shoulder surgery! And we'd love to see you!

🎼 Swing Jam, Sunday, February 13th, 10 til 1pm. Bank Square Coffeehouse, Main St., Beacon NY. Find us at Bank Square in our old spot. Consider bringing a chair. All instruments welcome!
🎶🍴 Brunch at the Towne Crier, Sunday, February 20th, 11:30 til 2:30. Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon NY. The Fleas return to the Crier and are delighted to be providing music for your brunching enjoyment! Toe-tapping tunes and tasty food too!!! Reservations recommended, no cover charge.
🎵 Uke from Scratch! Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:30pm. Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT. It's back! The uke workshop for complete beginners -- and we bring the ukes so you can give it a try. Free, but you must register with the library to attend.
🎶 Uke Lessons 🎶 Join the fun at a group uke class with Wendy! My intermediate class continues month to month, join anytime to improve your skills. Beginner class starting soon! Reply to this email to request more info on how to join.

Coming up in March! Get your tickets now!
🎸🎤🎶 Gaithersburg Ukefest March 17 to 19. Gaithersburg, Maryland. After the Covid hiatus, uke fests are back and we're thrilled to be performing and teaching at this one! Ukulele artists from across the globe and the country are teaching and performing. Amazing workshops, concerts, strum-alongs and open mics are planned!! Don't miss the fun! Tickets and info, including accommodations, on the website: