Dana and Hank Gruber (Sweet Funk) make up this instrumental duo of mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar.
Their music is a blend of contemporary and traditional favorites, along with their own original compositions.
Their unique arrangements explore the contemporary side of the mountain dulcimer and add a new dimension to
Sweet Funk, comes from the origin of the word dulcimer; “dulci” from the Latin word for “sweet,” and “funk” from the fact that they enjoy
playing music that is a little funky and not traditionally played on the mountain dulcimer.
They enjoy teaching and performing as a duo. They have been the featured performers/instructors at a number of dulcimer festivals and
clubs in the mid-west. They are currently active members of the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, a mountain dulcimer club in the Northern
Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.
Dana has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1997. Her musical background goes back to playing the
classical piano as a child and on into adulthood. She has always enjoyed arranging music and is known for
her unique arrangements on the mountain dulcimer. She enjoys teaching all levels and styles of music.
Dana Gruber is best known for teaching and performing on the mountain dulcimer, but has added the ukulele to
her musical repertoire. Her teaching approach centers on learning basic chords and then adding melodies to
those chord shapes. Classes are “low key” and geared to being simple and fun.
Hank first learned to play electric guitar in the Air Force. He soon transitioned into acoustic guitar and is currently studying
classical guitar. He has made an art of accompanying other acoustic instruments but can step into the lead with ease.
Recordings include Deja New, unique arrangements of traditional tunes; Sweet, contemporary favorites; and,
Christmas Time, holiday favorites and an original holiday tune. Dana is the author of seven tablature books
for mountain dulcimer and one for ukulele.
For more information, please go to their website.
Sample their music: You Tube.