Meet Mike and Sean Manning, brothers, respectively the oldest and the youngest of eight siblings born to Sis and Ray Manning and raised in Altadena. Both are graduates of St. Elizabeth Parish School in Altadena and La Salle High School (Pasadena).
Mike is a guitarist of 44 years. He plays the bass guitar, 6-string and 12-string all with equal talent and abandon. Through college and prior to military service he played in rock ‘n roll garage bands. Today he is the director of the 8:30 Folk Mass choir at St. Elizabeth Church.
Sean is a tenor in the 10:00AM Mass choir at St. Elizabeth Church. He has been performing his repertoire of Irish folk music for over 10 years. It was his idea to team up with his brother and form a duet today known as Those Manning Boys.
For the past six years Those Manning Boys have been delighting people at parties with their act which employs the authentic character of music found in the public houses of Ireland. They have made appearances at Matt Denny’s Restaurant and Ale House in Arcadia and Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Long Beach. They are a regular at the various fund-raising events at St. Elizabeth, and have made appearances for special events such as the Sierra Madre Cancer Walk Marathon and the Friends of Ireland St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
This is the fourth appearance of Those Manning Boys at the Sheriff’s Support Group Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park and they hope that people will delight in the music and even participate in an organized sing-along.