Farnum Family Music, Galena, MO
Bluegrass, Gospel, Old-Time & Western Music…
From the Missouri Ozarks, the Farnum Family performs in the Branson area and around the country. A touring family band for many years, they have taken their energetic blend of music, entertainment and homespun family humor throughout Missouri, the Midwest… and beyond!
Meet the Farnum Family…
In the fall of 1986 Norm met Tricia at Shepherd of the Hills, and discovered – along with her beautiful smile – that she enjoyed a rich musical background. Married on Leap Year Day in 1988, they have been making melody together since 1987 when they began entertaining passengers aboard the Lake Queen on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri. The following spring with talents combined, they began a seven-year run featured on breakfast and supper cruises. In the winter of 1990 they also toured the Midwest performing over 150 school assembly programs. With their children, they have continued their travels sharing music in churches, festivals, and family venues from coast-to-coast.
Tricia plays piano & penny-whistle with the band and enjoys teaming up with the girls on trio numbers. She coordinates wardrobe, set lists, keeps the band fed on and off the road, helps Dad with itineraries and does a graceful job emceeing much of the show.
Norm has entertained folks playing banjo for over 40 years. He started at Silver Dollar City in 1977 in the Saloon Show, traveled with a band for a time, fronted many Nashville artists at the Roy Clark Theater, and even chauffeured the likes of Roger Miller, Eddie Rabbit, Neal Young, and other celebrities.
Benjamin (25) started mandolin lessons when he was eight years old and took up the guitar a few years later. His strong rhythm and skillful flat-picking are the bedrock of the band – add the charming smile and ready wit and you've got an audience favorite! Once a reluctant singer, Benjamin has blossomed in recent years and is now a featured lead vocalist. Other interests include reading, board games, and perfecting his pour-over coffee method. ☺ He also loves all things British – especially Charles Dickens, Dr. Who, and Cornish Pasties – and is in favor of changing the family name back to the original spelling of Farnham!
Hannah (22) began “fiddlin' around” at the tender age of six, studying for many years with World Champion fiddler, Ricky Boen. An occasional contest fiddler, she has placed in several competitions over the years, with her most exciting award coming from the 2012 Walnut Valley Old-Time Fiddle Contest when she brought home a brand new Romanian-made Gliga violin! Hannah enjoys playing many styles including Western Swing, Bluegrass, and Irish. She is also a gifted singer: her lead and harmony vocals highlight every family program. Her other interests include sewing, reading, and English Country Dancing.
Nathaniel (20) joins the band as his schedule permits. He brings a special spice to our concerts, contributing the unique sound of the Dobro on bluegrass and country songs, and adding the Irish Bodhran to the Celtic tunes. His dynamic voice really shines on ballads like Pancho & Lefty. Behind the scenes, he is learning guitar and trying his hand at songwriting. He is also a very talented photographer.
Maggie (16) followed big sister's example and started learning fiddle just before her sixth birthday. After five years of lessons she set her eyes on bigger things – first dabbling with the cello, then moving to the upright bass when older brother, Daniel, left the band in 2018. She has managed to fill his shoes (actually her feet are larger than his!) and is known as the “younger & prettier version” of the Farnum Family bass player. Like Hannah, she has a lovely voice and an ear for harmony. When not making music, you can find her writing letters or stories, reading books, sewing, or whipping up pancakes and deserts for the family.
Matthew (15) is the youngest Farnum. He joins the family for several feature songs, singing the lead on All God's Creatures, Cody of the Pony Express and You've Got a Friend in Me. He is progressing on the mandolin, and we are hopeful that 2020 will find him joining in with the band more often. His particular interests include Legos and Nerf guns, as well as disassembling old appliances, learning Java Script coding, and finding new ways to annoy his older siblings.
The Farnum Family performs and entertains for churches, festivals, historic theaters, state & county fairs and other family oriented venues. Folks have seen them perform at Silver Dollar City during Bluegrass & BBQ Festivals since 2006. As a family band and individually they have received both instrumental awards and vocal recognition. Always pleased to share their Christian testimony, they offer all-gospel presentations for churches and ministry-related events.