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After listening to the Farnum family at a festival recently, I was thrilled with their expertise!
Really dynamic repertoire, great technique, and they enjoy performing -- they are a joy!”

— Jana Jae, American Fiddler / Grove, Oklahoma

Benjamin

Benjamin Farnum

Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals

     Benjamin 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 favourite! Once a reluctant singer, Benjamin has blossomed in recent years and is now a featured lead vocalist. Other interests include reading, playing board games, and perfecting his pour-over coffee method. He also loves all things British – especially Charles Dickens, Doctor Who, and Cornish Pasties – and is in favour of changing the family name back to the original spelling of Farnham!!
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or private or virtual guitar or mandolin lessons, or festival workshop sessions, please contact Benjamin...

Hannah

Maggie

Matthew

Matthew Farnum

Mandolin & Vocals

     Matthew (15) is the youngest Farnum. He joins the family for several feature songs, including Battle of New Orleans, Wreck of the Old ’97, and You’ve Got a Friend in Me. He is progressing on the mandolin, and we are hopeful that 2021 will find him on stage more frequently. His interests and responsibilities include: Legos, reading, learning computer skills, taking care of the chickens, helping Dad with handyman projects... and finding new ways to annoy his older siblings.

Trish

Tricia Farnum (Mom)

Piano, Pennywhistle & Vocals

     Tricia plays piano & pennywhistle with the band and enjoys teaming up with the girls on trio numbers. She coordinates wardrobe, plans set lists, helps Dad with itineraries, and does a graceful job emceeing much of the show.

     She began playing piano at six years of age, and in 1987 got her first music job as ragtime pianist  in the Homestead Comedy Revue at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, Missouri.  That same year she and Norm began performing on the Lake Queen, a paddle-wheel boat on Lake Taneycomo, entertaining passengers during breakfast and supper cruises.

     She loves reading, word games,  Bible study, English Country Dancing, and all things associated with tea!

 

Norm

Norm Farnum (Dear ol'Dad)

Banjo & Vocals

     Originally from California, Norm started taking banjo lessons when he was 17 years old, and has been entertaining folks on the 5-string for nearly 45 years! He started at Silver Dollar City in 1977 in both the Saloon Show and as part of the Marvel Cave Band.  Later he traveled with a rock-a-billy band (Stumpwater) and in 1983 began performing at the Roy Clark Theater in Branson.  While there he fronted many Nashville artists, including Whispering Bill Anderson, Freddie Fender, Janie Fricke, Louise Mandrell, Ray Price, Patti Page, Ray Stevens, Tanya Tucker, and of course, Roy Clark. Returning briefly to the San Fernando Valley, he worked for a time as a limousine driver, and even chauffeured the likes of Roger Miller, Eddie Rabbit, Neal Young, and other celebrities.

     When not performing with his family, Norm wears his handyman hat at Stone County Services.

 

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“I can’t tell you how wonderful it brings me to feel when I hear you guys play. 
Makes a rough day go great. I look forward to hearing you each way. Love y’all from Texas!” 

— Ken Harris / Texas 
Fiddlin' Friday at Five