No matter the occasion, it is the Farnum Family's sincere desire to provide a variety of energetic and wholesome family oriented musical entertainment or music ministry. They enjoy performing for audiences at Christian camps, conferences, church & homeschool events, family reunions, music festivals, RV parks, private parties and other get-togethers, including conventions and corporate events.
Norm & Trish − on banjo, guitar, piano & penny whistle − have performed in the Branson area and around the country for many years. Now performing as a full family band with their four oldest children − Daniel, Benjamin, Hannah and Nathaniel, on upright bass, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, fiddle, bodhran, washboard and singing, plus their two youngest, Maggie & Matthew, fiddle & singing − they present a masterful blend of bluegrass, folk, gospel, Irish, and old-time western music, with a splash of humor! The whole family is ready to provide your church or organization a complete ministry and/or entertainment package.
Norm: Verdugo Hills High School, Tujunga, California; Lead Hill High School, Lead Hill, Arkansas. Graduated: 1974. North Arkansas Community College, Harrison, Arkansas ‑ Business and Music.
Trish: Nowata High School, Nowata, Oklahoma. Graduated: 1984. Rogers State College, Claremore, Oklahoma. Associate of Arts Degree in Music ‑ 1986.
Children: All home educated since 1992. Eclectic Life Curriculum with Biblical worldview, including music.
Farnum Family Band
♫ Silver Dollar City events include:
♫ Other Bluegrass, Music Festivals & Events include:
♫ Family Bible Camps, Cowboy & other Christian Churches...
2003 to present, with select performances in... Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Vermont.
♫ School Assemblies...
American Heritage Music programs presented in Kansas, 1/09; and North Carolina, 9/09.
See our Current Calendar or respective Past Events Calendars for comprehensive listings...
Norm 'n' Trish: "The Duet"
♫ GOSPEL GATHERING, 1998 to present. Sponsors & organizers of an annual summer and winter Christian music event.
♫ Family Bible Camps, 1991 to present, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Featured on miscellaneous International Short-wave, Internet, and other radio broadcasts.
♫ Lake Queen, Lake Taneycomo, Branson, Missouri, 5/87 thru 12/93. Entertainment on breakfast and supper cruises. Show featured a variety of musical styles and comedy.
♫ Oklahoma Swingin' Country, TV35, Rogers State College, Claremore, Oklahoma, 3/89. Thirty-minute country-variety show.
♫ Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists, Lawrence, Kansas, through School Assembly Talent Service, Omaha, Nebraska, 1/90 thru 3/90. Traveled as "The Ragtime Duet" through 14 states, nearly 150 schools and institutions performing, "A History of Ragtime."
♫ Miscellaneous academic, church & civic organizations throughout the Midwest, performing gospel and variety.
Norm: Musical Entertainer
♫ Tour Operators: Fox Tours, Great Southern Travel, Ozark Mt. Tour & Travel, Discovery Tours, Branson, Missouri, 1985 thru 2002 on a will-call basis. Performed Farewell Breakfasts as requested. Other private tour operators as well.
♫ Magic Valley Park, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, 6/86. Performed as a Country/Comedy duo with guitarist-partner.
♫ Roy Clark Theatre, Branson, Missouri, 6/83 thru 12/85. Banjo player and featured performer on Country Music Stage Show. Two performances daily, plus Dinner Theatre solo performance and after hours Floor Show in lounge. Performed every type of music. Helped back and/or warm-up many major Nashville entertainers, including: Roy Clark, Barbara Fairchild, Freddie Fender, Louise Mandrell, Ray Price, Ray Stevens, Tammy Wynette and others.
♫ Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, 4/77 thru 10/81, 2 weeks in 1986. Singing and dancing bartender in Saloon Show scheduled 6 to 8 times daily. Featured on vocal and instrumental specials. Also performed with the Variety‑Bluegrass "Marvel Cave" Band. Featured on vocal, instrumental and comedy. Performed 4 to 6 shows daily. Soloist performer welcoming guests. Stone Mountain, Georgia, Board of Directors' Meeting, 4/7/98.
Trish: Musical Entertainer
♫ Tour Operators: Fox Tours, Discovery Tours, Branson, Missouri, 1986 thru 2000. Performed "Farewell Breakfasts" as requested − often with Norm.
♫ Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, Branson, Missouri, 4/87 thru 10/87. Ragtime piano player for "Homestead Comedy Revue" vaudeville show. Soloist on pre-show. Performed five times daily.
♫ FIVE CD albums available: Three gospel: Come and Rejoice | Folk Psalms | Leaning... and our first family album: Tomato Pickin' and Hannah's first instrumental: A Time to Fiddle. Earlier albums by Norm & Trish included two all Gospel: Power in the Blood and God Send Us Men and two Old-Timey Bluegrass: Norm & Trish ~ The Duet and Lake Queen Favorites. Our cassettes are no longer available.
...from Galena, Missouri, is a six-piece family band that plays a lively blend of bluegrass, folk, gospel, Irish, novelty and old-time western music. They love to perform tunes that will have you tapping your foot and singing right along, or take you down memory lane. And a few songs may make you laugh out loud!
Dad (aka Norm) is the bandleader, picks the five-string banjo & rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony vocals, and has nearly 40 years of stage experience under his belt. His musical credits include five seasons at Silver Dollar City, three at The Roy Clark Theatre and seven aboard the Lake Queen paddle wheeler (often accompanied by his lovely and talented wife, Trish).
Mom (her friends call her Trish) is the pianist for the group and featured on lead and harmony vocals, and also plays the pennywhistle. 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 (her dashing husband) Norm on his Lake Queen cruises. They married in early 1988, and played music as a duet...
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 nearly 10 years together!
Daniel, at 21, is doing a great job on the upright bass and lead vocals, and sometime plays around with the penny-whistle & bones. A fan of Marty Robbins, Josh Groban, Bar-J Wranglers and the Sons of the Pioneers, his rich baritone voice is featured on many of our songs.
Benjamin, at 18, makes his mandolin ring as he plays rhythm, melodic fills and intricate leads. His skills on the mandolin are exceptional playing bluegrass, Irish or Texas Swing! He also plays lead & rythm guitar and enough harmonica to be dangerous... He also sings harmonies with his siblings.
Hannah, at 16 years old, handles a good percentage of the instrumental leads for the family band. She has a confident style playing bluegrass, gospel, Irish or Texas swing! She also sings some sweet gospel & bluegrass songs. Hannah takes fiddle lessons from her teacher, Ricky Boen, star fiddler with the Sons of the Pioneers. She is also an award-winning fiddler of some acclaim, having placed 3rd at the 41st Annual Old-Time Fiddle Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Nathaniel, now 14-years old, joined the group in August of 2006 and sings occasional gospel & specialty numbers with his siblings. He is learning to play the resophonic guitar, and often adds a touch of Irish percussion on the bodhran. He has also been known to play the spoons & washboard.
Maggie, at 9-years old, also plays the fiddle, and often makes her stage appearances with 8-year old Matthew, both singing on gospel & novelty tunes. With her big sister, Hannah, the two often accompany each other on some sweet fiddle duets.
Since forming their family band in 2004 they have played venues in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and many times in their home state of Missouri. Besides their many church dates, they enjoy performing fairs, festivals, historic theatres, RV Parks, school assemblies and other family oriented venues. They average about 100 live performances per year... not bad for a part-time family band!
They were first invited to play at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival and Southern Gospel Picnic in 2006, and have since been invited back in '07, '08, '09, '10, '11 and 2012 for similar festival events. They have also enjoyed 3 concert appearances at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. By a special recommendation, the entire Farnum Family was awarded a scholarship to attend the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Midlothian, Texas in October of 2009 and again in 2011. The whole family traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in 2012 to perform a 5-week tour for the Winter Texans and other venues.
Please contact the Farnum Family to book your special event!
“Our goal is to glorify Christ and be a blessing to all who hear us.
To our Heavenly Father we give all thanks for the talents He has given and,
as a family, convey that joy to others as we honor His Son.”
Norm Farnum Family
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
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