Artists for 2015
Hank and Dana Gruber
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.
Harmony Harvest takes place at the Fairfield County
Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio, which is about 40
minutes down U.S. Rt. 33 from Columbus.
If this is
a return visit to the festival, you know that the
Grandstand and other buildings provide wonderful
settings for both classrooms and shelter from the sun,
rain and other weather. The surrounding green space is a
pleasant camping area. Leashed pets are welcomed too!
will be a jam tent for those who just cannot get enough
There will also be jamming in the evenings after open
stage and the concert.
evening is our traditional Bean & Cornbread Supper
provided free of charge by our club.
Saturday features the Potluck Supper, so bring
something to share with 8-10 people. There are also many
restaurants in the area from which to choose.
OK, but must be leashed at all times and should not
Inn & Suites - 740-654-5111, has a block of rooms set
aside at 10% discount.
Reservations must be made by 8/22 to receive this
offer. A room for 1 – 2 people is $89.25 per night.
Three people is $97.75.
Other hotels is the area:
Hampton Inn – 740-654-3962
Holiday Inn Express – 740-654-4445
Relax Inn – 740-654-5855
Many offer AAA discounts.
Beth Duffield – Registrar
Laura Elder - Festival Coordinator
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