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
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
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,
Benjamin, at 13, makes his mandolin ring as he plays
rhythm, melodic fills and intricate lead.
Some of his favorite tunes include
Hannah, at age eleven, handles a good percentage of
the instrumental leads for the family band, playing favorites such as Clarinet Polka,
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
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
“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.”