Bluegrass, Gospel, Old-Time & Western Music
Based out of the Missouri Ozarks, the Farnum Family performs in the Branson area and around the country. They have been a touring family band for many years, entertaining audiences everywhere: from Branson, Missouri to Cody, Wyoming, to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas!
Benjamin keeps rhythm on his Martin D-15 guitar and flat-picks some exciting and intricate instrumentals. His expertise on the mandolin has earned him 2nd place for two-years running at the American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, Oklahoma. He also sings lead on some great ballads, as well as harmony.
Hannah not only sings great harmony vocals, but can also belt out a strong lead in in her solo as well as the family quartet. Her fiddling includes bluegrass, traditional Irish and Texas tunes. Placing in several regional contests, she has earned local recognition as a competition fiddler. In 2012 she brought home 3rd place honors from the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, including a beautiful hand-crafted Gama Elite Romanian violin.
Nathaniel is occasionally featured singing lead on bluegrass and gospel tunes. Highlighted on the resonator guitar, he took 3rd in the Dobro Contest at the American Heritage Music Festival. He also plays the Bodhran on many of the Irish tunes.
Maggie has recently stepped up to the plate to play bass with the family band. (Her oldest brother, Daniel, decided to take a wife & get a life). She also plays some twin fiddle tunes with her big sister Hannah. Maggie enjoys singing solo and in the girls trio with her sister & Mom.
Matthew is still learning to play mandolin and joins us on stage for novelty, bluegrass & cowboy tunes.
Norm (Dad) has been the bandleader for many years, and brunt of many jokes as the family banjo player. He sings lead and harmony vocals and rarely does a performance pass that he doesn’t croon his most requested tune, Home Grown Tomatoes. He manages bookings, and shares driving and running sound with Benjamin. Not to be outdone by his children, he placed 1st in the Banjo Contest at the 2012 American Heritage Music Festival.
Trish (Mom) plays piano in the band and adds the unique sound of the pennywhistle to the Irish tunes. She sings harmony & lead, and does a graceful job emceeing much of the show. She is also “the producer” of this family band!
The Farnum Family has provided energetic entertainment in a number of venues including churches, festivals, RV parks, and private events throughout Missouri, the Midwest and many points beyond. For many years they have enjoyed performances at Silver Dollar City during their Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. They were awarded 2nd place in the 2013 5th Annual CAM Gospel Sing-Off in Branson, and are recipients of various other instrumental awards & vocal recognition.
Colossians 3:16 is a favorite scripture for their family music and ministry: “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.”
Please contact the Farnum Family for your next fair, festival, church or other special event!