band Manning was in existence from 1999 - 2014, formed
around singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Guy
Guy was previously an associate
of Parallel or 90 Degrees (PO90) and also a founder
member of the internationally respected, The Tangent.
Guy has an impressive record of having a new Manning
album ready for release annually!!
produce an eclectic mix of music which broadly falls
within the 'progressive' genre, but in reality spans
many different musical forms from beautiful ballads
and folk-tinged songs through to awesome all-out rock
workouts and true progressive epics no two songs
sound the same!"
The final lineup of Manning were Rick
Henry (drums and percussion). Kris
Hudson-Lee (basses and backing vocals), Julie
King (additional keyboards, percussion and
backing vocals), David Million (lead guitars) and Martin
Thiselton (keyboards and backing vocals).
Such a sizeable line-up is able to reproduce the
quintessentialy symphonic Manning sound on stage!
have also been very fortunate in having some terrific
musicians making Special
Guest appearances on the albums including:
Tillison (The Tangent & PO90)
Fowles (Hed Kandi)
Ian 'Walter' Fairbairn (Lindisfarne/Jack
the Lad & Hedgehog Pie)
Steve Dundon (Molly Bloom)
Angela Gordon (Mostly
Martin Orford (IQ)
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps to the Green Door, Cyril & Toxic Smile)
Leon Camfield (Tinyfish)
Chlöe Herington (Knifeworld & Chrome Hoof )
John Young (Lifesigns, The John Young Band, Asia & Bonnie Tyler).
The band experienced a surge of interest and support,
with the 2007 album Songs
From The Bilston House being nominated
for "Album of the Year" by the Classic
Rock Society (CRS) and a series of storming headline
gigs in support of the acclaimed* Number
Ten album (released 2009).
*Please see the Press page for all the published MANNING reviews.
2010 was a milestone breakthrough year for this remarkable
band with some amazing festival slots including the
first venture over the Atlantic to appear at the RoSfest in
Gettysburg, PA. USA in May.
The eleventh MANNING album "Charlestown" was
released in Oct 2010 and was again nominated by both
the CRS and the Italian ProgAwards for the "Album of the
2011 continued all the hard work with even more UK dates
and a brand new (12th) studio album "Margaret's
released to a great set of reviews and support!
2012 has been a very important and busy
year for live
shows including the first European shows and an afternoon
headliner performance at the fabulous Summers End Festival...they also released a new "Akoustik" album
of re-imagined / re-worked Manning pieces in an 'unplugged' format...
2013 saw more gigs booked in the diary and the release of the next (14th) MANNING Studio album "The Root, the Leaf and the Bone"
At the start of Jan 2014, Guy announced that the current 'band' line-up was retiring for the foreseable future. He would continue working on new material but there was no rush to release this.
More news as and when it happens