Monday, 5 July 2010

Daniel Manners climbs aboard the Big Big Train

I'm very pleased to announce that my old Louis Philippe band amigo Danny Manners has contributed some double bass playing to British Racing Green. A song which will feature on our forthcoming Far Skies Deep Time e.p

Danny's bass parts were recorded by Ken Brake at Regal Lane Studio, Regent's Park, London, UK. I've received glowing reports from Andy and Greg concerning Danny's performance on the track.

I first met Danny when Philippe asked me to join his band in order to play some live dates in London and Paris. 

My first album with Louis was Jackie Girl. The album also features Dave Gregory. It is where Dave and I first met each other.

Working with Louis and Danny is always an educational experience. I've learned so much about harmony, melody, musical arrangement and recording techniques.

Danny taught me to listen carefully to the harmonic details and dot the i's and cross the T's. He also introduced me to Gentle Giant

Danny is not only a fabulous bass player he is also a beautiful pianist. Check out the Louis Philippe Live album and also Louis and Danny's Francis Poulenc album Nusch

I'm delighted Danny is playing on British Racing Green and I think you will be too.


  1. great news for a lover of both bbt and louis philippe music like myself!
    and when does louis philippe a string arrangement for bbt? ;-)

  2. I like the sound of that Claus, you may be on to something.

  3. can't wait to hear it! :-)

  4. Reading this blogpost almost three years after it was written and we all know what has happened in the life of Big Big Train and in the lives of all of us who absolutely love the band is just lovely. And to find where the idea of letting Louis Philippe do some string arrangements may originate from is amazing...