Farewell Friend was started in 2012 with a multi-layered approach to alt-folk. Their musical projects delve into lush orchestral textures, gritty distorted guitar solos, and minimal acoustic landscapes to tell stories about love, loss, and identity.
The three part conceptual debut album "Lineage" traverses the generational story of a family whose history is wrought with struggle, challenge, success, and tragedy. The musical territory covered in this project is diverse as an extended family reunion and divergent as the American landscape.
With the release of their sophomore album in the Summer of 2019 "Glenwood and Gomorrah," lead singer and songwriter Tom Troyer established himself as producer and audio engineer mixing and mastering the entire album in a small bedroom in his former home in the Glenwood neighborhood. This album is both a question and a prayer for the neighborhood he grew up in, cataloging his personal relationships with neighbors during a time of swift gentrification.
Tom Troyer - singer | songwriter | acoustic guitar | producer | audio engineer
Aaron Cummings - Drums
Evan Campfield - Upright Bass
Mark Byerly - Electric Guitar | Dobro | Lap Steel
REVIEWS AND MEDIA
"Farewell Friend is not a group to overlook, their work is absolutely stunning and evokes elements of love, despair, religion, comfort and creativity. Father & Son brings to life some of the best parts of North Carolina, this group is a product of true grassroots talent."
-Reviewed by local Greensboro writer Rebecca Harrelson
Under the umbrella of “alternative country,” you will find the music of Farewell Friend. Guitarist and vocalist Tom Troyer, guitarist Mark Byerly, and upright bass player Evan Campfield perform live at the Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret in Greensboro. [READ MORE]
While Farewell Friend frontman Tom Troyer does give a brief introduction of himself in the first line of the title track on his latest EP, “Grandfather Clock,” he spends much more time describing what he’s not. [READ MORE]
It is somewhat serendipidous to be talking in July with Tom Troyer, of Greensboro, NC songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of Farewell Friend after reviewing his newly released albulm, "Lineage"... [READ MORE]