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Who Are The Funky Divas
The Funky Divas of Gospel began their musical journey in the 1980’s on the seacoast of New Hampshire. Over the years they have performed in many different forms, sometimes as a small band and other times with a 30 person gospel choir. Countless musicians and singers have been part of The Divas, some sitting in for one show and some playing for many years. All those steps along the way have led to a close knit group of gospel performers united by the music they love. Today the group is led by long time area musicians; guitarist and singer Dan Poland, bassist Tom Kesel, Pete Leavenworth playing pedal steel, dobro and banjo and drummer Dan Fishbein. They are joined by vocalists Diane Sanborn Arabian, Carolyn Hutton and Vicky Poland
Regardless of the players, The Diva purpose has always remained the same - to share great music. The spirit that flows through their songs is universal and tells stories as old as time. They are performers who love entertaining audiences. Their music is roots music. It is harmony. It is hard rockin' and reflective. It is toe tapping, it is hand clapping and it can, and does, move audiences to their feet and into the aisles to dance.
Funky Divas shows are suitable for all ages and for almost any situation or venue. We regularly perform in concert halls, music festivals and outdoor events. We are also featured at gospel brunches, benefits, and conferences. The Divas perform at church services no matter the denomination.
Recently after attending a Funky Divas of Gospel concert, a reporter wrote, "All bluegrass, soul and gospel fans be forewarned: if you miss this funky group, to paraphrase a line in one of their songs, it ain't nobody's fault but yours."