…from Galena, Missouri, is a six-piece family band that plays a lively blend of gospel, bluegrass, novelty and old-time western music.  They love to perform tunes that will have you tapping your foot and singing right along, or perhaps take you on a trip down memory lane.  And a few songs will even make you laugh out loud!

Dad (aka Norm) is the bandleader, with 30+ years of stage experience under his belt.  He picks the five-string banjo and sings lead and harmony vocals.  His musical credits include five seasons at Silver Dollar City, three seasons at The Roy Clark Theatre and seven years aboard the Lake Queen paddle wheeler.

Mom (her friends call her Trish) is the pianist for the group and is also featured on lead and harmony vocals.  She grew up playing music in church, for recitals, school concerts and 4-H programs.  In 1987 she first performed in Branson, playing the ragtime piano for the Vaudeville Show at the Shepherd of the Hills, later joining Norm on his Lake Queen cruises.  They married in early 1988, and played music as a duet until just a few years ago.

In July 2003, their two oldest sons, Daniel and Benjamin, began taking music lessons.  It wasn’t long before they were able to do a song or two with Dad and Mom, and eventually became a full-time part of the band.  Their younger sister, Hannah, followed suit in November of that year, and now they have all been playing over four years.

Daniel, at 16, is doing a great job on the upright bass and lead vocals.  A fan of Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, and the Sons of the Pioneers, he gets requests to sing Ghost Riders, Battle of New Orleans, Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy and many other songs.

Benjamin, at 13, makes his mandolin ring as he plays rhythm, melodic fills and intricate lead.  Some of his favorite tunes include St. Ann’s Reel, Blackberry Blossom, Minstrel Boy among many others.  And now he occasionally sings some great novelty tunes gleaned from the Sons of the Pioneers!

Hannah, at age eleven, handles a good percentage of the instrumental leads for the family band, playing favorites such as Clarinet Polka, Liberty, Red Wing, Soldier’s Joy, Ashokan Farewell.  She also sings some sweet gospel songs.  *Hannah has studied under Ricky Boen, who is classically-trained with approximately 30 years of teaching experience.  His band, Texas Mud, performs in Branson, and he also plays fiddle with the Sons of the Pioneers.

In addition to the five musicians, nine year old Nathaniel joined the group in August of 2006, singing an occasional special number.  His rendition of You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a real show-stopper!  Four year old Maggie sometimes makes a surprise stage appearance, and 2½-year old Matthew is generally content to listen to the music.

Since forming their band they have played venues in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and many times in their home state of Missouri.  Besides their many church dates, they enjoy performing fairs, festivals, historic theatres and other family oriented venues.

They were first invited to play at Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in May and Southern Gospel Picnic in September of 2006.  They were pleased to return again in 2007 & 2008 for similar festival events!

As this year rolls to a close, the Farnum Family will have logged nearly 150 performances… not bad for a part-time family band!

“Our goal is to glorify Christ and be a blessing to all who hear us.  We acknowledge from whom our talents come and are thankful that we can do something as a family to bring joy to others.”

Norm Farnum Family

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Colossians 3:16