Folk Psalms

&

Companion Song Book

In the Holy Scriptures the book of Psalms was called "The Praises" and was regularly used as the liturgical hymn-book in the Temple services, much as today it is the foundation of many of the songs of the church. In all the Bible there is no other book like it, unless paradoxically it might be said that it is like all the others in that it contains the essence of all the Scriptures. Jesus Himself declared He was spoken of in the Psalms and that what was foretold there must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). A number of the Psalms are fervent prayers of penitence; others are prayers for release from affliction or rescue from the enemy. Some are prayers of trust and assurance. More deal with instruction in matters of right and wrong or teach correct attitudes toward life. Psalms of thanksgiving for God's goodness and mercy make up a large portion of the book and Psalms of praise of God's glory and power and majesty are found among those praising His goodness.

Original concept and arrangements by the Farnum Family...

Norm ~ Banjo, Guitar & Vocals

Daniel ~ Bass & Vocals

Hannah ~ Fiddle & Vocals

Trish ~ Piano, Pennywhistle & Vocals

Benjamin ~ Mandolin

Nathaniel & Maggie ~ Vocals

We hope you will be blessed by our compilation and interpretation gleaned from the Psalter and a special collection of American, Irish and Scottish folk melodies... so we present our newest album...

Folk Psalms

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Psalm

Melody

1. Psalm 23

Sweet Betsy from Pike

2. Psalm 24

The Streets of Laredo

3. Psalm 47

Star of the County Down

4. Psalm 51:9-15

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

5. Psalm 65:6-13

The Salley Garden

6. Psalm 67

The Yellow Rose of Texas

7. Psalm 91

Come Thou Fount

8. Psalm 94

The Risin’ of the Moon

9. Psalm 106:41-48

Auld Lang Syne

10. Psalm 107:23-32

Saturday Night at Sea and The Sailor’s Hornpipe

11. Psalm 119:9-16

The Water is Wide

12. Psalm 149

Roddy McCorley

Bonus Track

Jesus Loves Me

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Folk Psalms Album ~ $15 each

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Folk Psalms Companion Song Book ~ $15 each

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Folk Psalms Album & Companion Song Book ~ $25 per set

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Folk Psalms reviewed with critical acclaim...
Psalms set to folk tunes offer musical enrichment
By ALLEN PALMERI / associate editor / The Pathway, January 25, p.17
apalmeri@mobaptist.org

"Folk Psalms" Product Review by Melissa Cummings
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2011

Folk Psalms Companion

Folk Psalms Cover

Song book is handsomely illustrated, containing 40 pages of information, and measures 8.5" by 11" for easy use on a music stand or piano.

We now feature a comprehensive 40-page Song Book to go with our Folk Psalms album featured above. It is an invaluable aid to learning the chords & words of the songs featured on our album, and offers much additional useful information for the music student & parents at home, or for the church Sunday School class & leaders.

Contents include...

  • Preface
  • What is a Psalm?
  • Lyrical Content
  • Rhyme and Meter
  • About the Farnums
  • Psalm 23
  • Psalm 24
  • Psalm 47
  • Psalm 51:9-15
  • Psalm 65:6-13
  • Psalm 67
  • Psalm 91
  • Psalm 94
  • Psalm 106
  • Psalm 107
  • Psalm 119
  • Psalm 149
  • Jesus Loves Me

We hope this publication will be a blessing to you & your family.

Folk Psalms Album ~ $15 each

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Folk Psalms Companion Song Book ~ $15 each

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Folk Psalms Album & Companion Song Book ~ $25 per set

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Some Kind Testimonies...

June 3rd, 2010

Dear Norm & Trish and Family,

Hi to all! We received your (Folk Psalms) CD today. We love it! You did a wonderful job. What a beautiful family you have... So glad we met you, and we love your music! Your children are beautiful & maybe we'll see you at the Bluegrass Festival in Cornell again. Thanks for sending the music CD. We love your music!

Lynn & Holly Strickland

Owen, Wisconsin

Hi Farnum Family,

I was in Norm's guitar class at the O'Flaherty's Irish Music Retreat last weekend (October 23-25, 2009), and while I was there I picked up copies of your CDs. When I looked at the back of the "Folk Psalms" CD, I wasn't sure I would like it as I could think of lots of very tacky ways of putting the Psalms and folk tunes together! But I have been working for the last 12 years on a different kind of musical project to help people learn the Psalms, so I was curious about what you had done. And I found it very enjoyable -- I've listened to it three times already! The arrangements are very well done, and your music complements the Psalms nicely. The RPCNA Psalter is modern enough to be easy to understand (unlike some of the ones from the 1600's, which are getting a little challenging for 21st century English speakers!), but the changes of syntax necessary for setting the words into verse, provides just enough of an "old-fashioned" sound that it fits really well with the folk melodies. I hope you'll consider doing some more of the Psalms in the future! I think the CD would be enjoyable to a lot of the families that I know, so I'll be directing some other folks to your site. Thank you so much for making the CD and sharing it with us!

Your sister in Christ,
Clare Cason

Texas

Brother, I listened to the CD all the way through immediately upon receiving it. It is thoroughly enjoyable and a blessing to hear the Scriptures sung to music. I highly recommend the CD and would encourage everyone to procure a copy for their pleasure and edification. It is also a real joy to know that the Farnum Family lives the gospel and desires that their family, ministry, and music be pleasing unto the Lord.

Pastor John Weaver

Freedom Baptist Church

Fitzgerald, Georgia

Hi Norm, Trish and All,

Congratulations on your new CD. Such a novel concept, and so beautifully executed! . . . Stay in touch and may God bless,

Gerald Block

editor@sabinebluegrass.com

SabineBluegrass.com

January 25th, 2011

Psalms set to folk tunes
offer musical enrichment

The Pathway, January 25, p.17
ALLEN PALMERI/associate editor
apalmeri@mobaptist.org

GALENA—Norm Farnum, patriarch of the Farnum Family Bluegrass/Gospel music group from Galena, has done the Body of Christ a great service with the release of “Folk Psalms” and a Companion songbook.

Using a Psalter of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of America, Farnum, his wife, Trish, and their six children have created an Ozark-hued rainbow of rhyme & meter that could be used to help bless Christians with more spiritual power. Listening to Norm on banjo, Trish on piano, Daniel on upright bass, Benjamin on mandolin, Hannah on fiddle, and even Maggie and Matthew as they all play their roles in making the arrangements work is refreshing. It is hoped that the uplifting of the pure Psalms, a dozen strong from Psalm 23 to Psalm 149, will be edifying and useful in Sunday Schools.

The Farnums mix in familiar tunes like “Auld Lang Syne” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas” even as they weave in a Holy Name of God, Yahweh, throughout much of their material. The melodies also show the Farnums’ comedic talents as one, Psalm 107, is a two-fold maritime jaunt.

The Farnums once again prove themselves to be skillful in their collective honoring of Yahweh through string and song. “Folk Psalms” stands tall as a clear manifestation of Colossians 3:16, which reads, “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.”

The Pathway

 

 Tmat Pickin'

We have chosen to title this album Tomato Pickin’ in honor of Norm’s favorite garden treat and most requested song... Homegrown Tomatoes!

August, 2006! This is our first recording as “The Farnum Family”. What a blessing it has been to watch the children’s talents develop over the last few years and actually have an album to show the fruit of their labors!

We have so many friends & family that we wish to thank, however it is our wonderful savior, Jesus Christ, who has made it all possible. We thank Him for life, love, family, friends and this marvelous gift of music that adds so much joy to our lives.

A big “thank you” to the children’s grandparents for their love, support and help with instruments and lessons. We love you all!

Thanks to Jim, Teresa & Sterling for being the greatest “first-door” neighbors in the world and for introducing us to the song, “If You Believe.” We sure appreciated the babysitting you provided during several of the recording sessions!

Special thanks to Ricky Boen (Hannah’s fantastic fiddle teacher) for his patience and perseverance with our little “Missouri Mule.”

Thank you to the Boatrights, the Naylors, Maaziah Mountain, The 97th Regimental String Band, the Homestead Pickers and others whose music inspires the children (and Mom & Dad) to learn new songs.

To “Prince John” who so faithfully prayed for our family and our music ministry—God bless you, brother! And to all the dear ones near & far who encourage us with their love, prayers & friendship, our heartfelt thanks and a bushel of hugs!

And to Greg Bailey at Stone County Recording our greatest appreciation for making the studio experience as painless as possible for Daniel, Benjamin and Hannah. We applaud your many talents and “fun to be around” personality! We have many fond memories of the Bailey Farm...

And last, but certainly not least, to our precious blessings—Daniel, Benjamin, Hannah, Nathaniel, Maggie and Matthew—thanks for being such troopers during the whole recording process. God willing, we look forward to making music with you for many years to come.

The Farnum Family

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Click on Song Title to Listen to Sample Clip...

1) Red Wing

2) Turkey in the Straw

3) When You & I Were Young, Maggie

4) Arkansas Traveler

5) Battle of New Orleans

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6) Blackberry Blossom

7) Homegrown Tomatoes

8) An English Country Garden

9) My Grandfather’s Clock

10) If You Believe

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and all the other songs on our Tomato Pickin' album!

We hope you enjoy our album!

Norm, Trish,

Daniel, Benjamin & Hannah

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Post Office Box 355

Galena, Missouri 65656

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Multiple Album Pricing

Come and Rejoice

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1) Come and Rejoice

2) Eternal Wisdom Thee We Praise

3) All Through Our Lives

4) Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

5) We Trust in Our Shepherd

6) Cross Your Heart

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7) O Worship the King

8) Dig Another Well

9) Let All Things Now Living

10) Standing on the Promises

11) I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

12) Jesus, Hold My Hand

Suggested Offering for Come and Rejoice CD is $15

Please see our selection of Albums by some of our friends...

Friend: Brian Russell Album: give me understanding

All original songs performed by the artist!

The 97th Regimental String Band

Performing Songs of the Civil War
Authentic Folk-Renditions of The North & The South

Cassettes & CDs

by Norm & Trish Farnum

Family Gospel & Old Time Variety

featuring Singing, Banjo & Piano

Branson Performers from the Missouri Ozark Tri-Lakes area...

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We regret to inform you that these cassettes are currently Out-of-Production and Out-of-Stock.

The Duet

Side One:
Stephen Foster Medley
Missouri Waltz
Johnson Rag
Ain't She Sweet / Five Foot Two
The Yellow Rose of Texas

Side Two:
On the Sunny Side of the Street
I Had But 50¢
Homegrown Tomatoes
Rocky Top
Antioch Church House Choir
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

Suggested Offering for "THE DUET" Cassette is $7

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We regret to inform you that these cassettes are currently Out-of-Production and Out-of-Stock.

POWER

IN

THE

BLOOD!

Side One:
Power in the Blood

Consider the Lilies
The Old Rugged Cross
The Old Country Church
Will We Deny Him?
One Day at a Time

Side Two:
Shoutin' on the Hills

In the Garden
Ten Thousand Years
Martyr's Song
Onward, Christian Soldiers
Camping in Canaan

Suggested Offering for Power in the Blood Cassette 7; for CD is $12

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We regret to inform you that these cassettes are currently Out-of-Production and Out-of-Stock.

Lake Queen Favorites

Side One:
Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee
Mark Twain
When You & I
Were Young, Maggie
Delaware
I Saw the Light!

Side Two:
Hey, Mr. Banjo
Listen to the Mockingbird
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Mairzy Doats
'Til We Meet Again

Suggested Offering for Lake Queen Favorites Cassette is $7

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We regret to inform you that these cassettes are currently Out-of-Production and Out-of-Stock.

Side One:
Real Good, Feel Good Song
Precious Memories
Life's Railway to Heaven
On the Road to
Loving God Again
He Must Have Loved Me a Lot
Glory to His Name

Side Two:
Awake, Oh, Israel
Hold Fast to the Right
He's Still in the Fire
Amazing Grace
God Send Us Men
Are You Washed in the Blood?

God Send Us Men

Suggested Offering for God Send Us Men Cassette is $7

Please see our selection of Albums by some of our friends...

Friend: Brian Russell Album: give me understanding

All original songs performed by the artist!

The 97th Regimental String Band

Performing Songs of the Civil War
Authentic Folk-Renditions of The North & The South

Contact Information

Send email to...

www.FarnumFamily.org

The Farnum Family
Post Office Box 355
Galena, Missouri 65656

417 337-3432

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