Norm Fasey
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  • Hayes, Greater London
  • United Kingdom
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  • 1.
    Nodoby's Fault But Mine
  • 2.
    Walkin' Blues
  • 3.
    - The One Man Blues Collective - Son's Blues
  • 4.
    All I Need Is A Forty
  • 5.
    You Gotta Move
  • 6.
    Santa Claus Blues

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Old Punks Never Die - They Just Play CBG's

Talk about the good old days when you were a punk. Post pics and covers of old Punk Songs on a CBG!
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Norm Fasey's Discussions

--* For Trade - Brand New In Box Akai Headrush E2 *--

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Fasey Nov 6, 2010. 6 Replies

Brand new in box Akai Headrush for Trade for a decent Fretted Three String CBG. This is the same pedal demoed by Smojo on this site. Reason for Trade... I have a spare one! I have one I am keeping…Continue

Tags: CBG, Swap, UK, String, Three

What's happening with blog posts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bliss Oct 31, 2010. 2 Replies

I posted a new blog entry yesterday and it has been awaiting approval for 12 hours. Also it shows I only have one blog posting when I have two already approved. Is CBN busted?

Tags: Blog

Help required on setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keni Lee Burgess Sep 24, 2010. 12 Replies

I have a really nice License Plate resonator made by Big Daddy Mojo. The problem I have is sliding on the thickest string which always sounds a bit dull and is hard to do.As far as I can see, I have…Continue

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

My name is Norm Fasey. I have been a musician on and off since 1976 when I played in various punk bands in London and played venues such as The Roxy, The Rock Garden etc. I have been in bands who have been the support act to such punk bands as Siouxsie and The Banshees, XTC and the Police.

Got my first guitar in 1975 at the age of 14. A nylon stringed classical guitar. This was closely followed by a Jedsen Electric and an Audition Practice amp from Woolworths. I then did my time playing the Bert Weedon way in my bedroom and annoying the neighbours.

I have always loved The Blues. To know where you are going, you need to understand where it all came from! Blues is where it all comes from. I like the old Delta blues of Mississippi Fred McDowel, Robert Johnson, Son House etc. I also love the fingerstyle players like Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James et al. More recently I like stuff like The White Stripes, Seasick Steve, Son Of Dave, Ben Prestage and The Black Keys. My earliest recollection of hearing the blues was watching the film Porgy and Bess and hearing the song Summertime and being blown away by the amount of emotion being portrayed in the song. Later on (late 60's) I discovered the early songs by The Rolling Stones and that was it! I then wanted to find out where they got their influences and discovered Muddy Waters! From there I wanted to find his roots and found myself finding delta recordings by Son House etc.

I was surfing around on YouTube looking for video tutorials on Blues Slide Guitar and came across some videos of these dudes making guitars out of old Cigar Boxes. The while DIY attitude of making your own instrument and music took me back to my days as a punk. I soon got the bug and now own four CBG's. I have an addiction but at least it is not drugs or booze. Just an addiction to sticks in boxes.

Recently I have been putting together a set of blues standards which I plan to gig with while writing my own stuff.

I am mainly a player but make the odd mod's to my guitars.

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At 9:58am on May 19, 2011, Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw said…

Hi Norm.

I've not seen any activity from you in a long time. Hope all is well.

All the best.


At 7:02am on February 19, 2011, Uncle John said…


   Good job on Walkin Blues, Son's Blues etc above.  I might try sometime to learn Son's Blues....  So many good songs.   Hey, Sir, I stole your idea regarding calling Brickdust's box, 'the box a' blues.'   Made one myself.   It is in my photos.


At 2:29am on February 18, 2011, ProfWaldo said…
I'm honored, Thanks Norm !  Love your feature song n' I re-e-eally love the guitar sound !!!
At 12:49pm on February 15, 2011, Laurie Lee Campbell said…

Awesome Blues Norm--the tinny acoustic is truly "the sound" authentic......least to my ear...!! I'm hoping I've got the right one, #5 ?Walkin Blues?..dug it, --and the nice green tuners on the gears...Ace of Spades guit is very cool!!!

Cheers--thanks for a heads up, too:-)


At 7:04am on February 6, 2011, Strolling Tone said…
Hi Norm - Thanks for your comment on that recent vid recorded by one of my work colleagues. You asked about the lick at the start - I think it's a bit of my 3 string version of little red rooster. It goes - strum all strings open, then slide up to the 5th, 3rd then open, then up to the 12th on the top string. That's about it. Let me know how you get on.
At 11:43pm on February 3, 2011, Joker said…
Norm, thanks for the comment on my "bottles vid".  And actually a cd is in progress.  I will let you know when it's available.  I may do a limited free download
At 10:18am on January 30, 2011, dogfinger steve said…
cheers even:0)
At 10:18am on January 30, 2011, dogfinger steve said…
heers for the comments norm, tunes r comin thick n fast at the mo:0)
At 11:11pm on January 29, 2011, dogfinger steve said…
hey norm, been listenin to yr all i need is a forty. love it but wheres the vinyl crackles n pops?:0)
At 12:04am on January 19, 2011, Nigel McTrustry said…

Great feature in the NME.


At 1:43am on January 17, 2011, Jed Hill said…
thanks for the nice words Norm
At 11:10pm on January 11, 2011, smojo said…
Cheers Norm. Not heard of those guys but I'll check em out.
At 10:24pm on December 19, 2010, smojo said…

Got some even more "off the wall" ideas, involves micing up various everyday objects with a home made piezo mic and "playing" them. Got ideas on "playing" my workshop first. Ha!

At 5:02pm on December 19, 2010, Noisemaker59 said…

Thanks Norm for the friend invite. Great stuff here!!

At 12:55am on December 18, 2010, smojo said…

cheers Norm and yes, got ideas to make an albums-worth on that theme. Whether I get around to it or not is another thing :)

At 11:46am on December 8, 2010, JUJU said…
hehe sorry mate i misread your message - i thought a canjo was a bit strange :)
yep they sound pretty cool i'm sure i could russle one up will have to check out a few more of the how to make videos and see whats what with them see if i can find any plans showing the string setup not sure if they touch the box front or just close
will let you know when i find out more about them

juju :)
At 8:33am on December 8, 2010, JUJU said…
Canjo hehe! what serious ? ..a one stringer ? are you pullin my plonker or what ? hehe!
At 9:29pm on December 7, 2010, Strolling Tone said…
Thanks for the comment back Norm - I'm hoping to get some time during the Xmas break to record another tune or two, thanks for asking.
I really like the old time feel that you have captured in your recording. Inspiring stuff :-)
At 1:20pm on December 7, 2010, JUJU said…
Hey Norm - sorry i only just replied not being able to get online all day must be all the cyber shoppers online jamming up the web !

well i was thinking of building another Lap Steel but not sure what it will be - if you fancy one building just drop me a message and i'll see what i can do for you

cheers mate - i hope your keeping well in this crappy weather !

juju :)
At 8:53am on December 7, 2010, Strolling Tone said…
Great tune Norm. Love it.

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Ian Siegal and Ben Prestage - Dingwalls 25/11/2010

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 4:30am 1 Comment

So Siby and I went to see Ian Siegal supported by Ben Prestage at Dingwalls in Camden Lock. It's only half an hour by cab from home. One of the advantages of living so near to town.

We got to Camden at about 4pm and wandered about for a while. Lots of interesting stalls and shops to look in but not all of them a wheelchair friendly. Had dinner in a Wetherspoons washed down with two Leffe's.

Dingwalls was great. Good view for wheelchairs and right…

My License Plate Reso

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 11:07am 18 Comments

So my License Plate Reso is not selling. Don't get me wrong, it looks as cool as hell. I just don't think I like the way it sounds. So I am going to do something about it. I am going to modify it into something else that I can use. I have a really nice Reso built by Shane Wagstaff who is also on The Nation. It's a sweet sweet sounding box. So I will have a go a modding the License Plate Reso myself into a non Reso with a mag Pup.…


Cool idea for a build.

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 3:29am 7 Comments

Cool idea for a build if only I could hammer a nail into a piece of wood straight! Maybe I could get someone to build it?

1. Buy a decent Ouija Board from Ebay. One made from wood rather than card. One with the letters burned into the wood maybe?
2. Use it as the top of the guitar box.
3. Tune it to the so called 'devils tuning' and see if it inspires me to write something dark!

About time I did something

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 12:30am 6 Comments

So I have been thinking for a while that I really should do something with my music again. I used to love being in a band when I was young. And I got pretty good at it as well. Years of wheelchair use have left me with numb fingers so a CBG with a slide is ideal. I have always liked listening to blues and also have a background in Punk. So something along the lines of Seasick Steve, Hollowbelly and even Son Of Dave would be something I would like to try. Maybe an Akai Headrush peddle and a… Continue

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