b. c.1940, England. Playing banjo, Stanley became a very popular figure on the UK folk and country music scenes. In the early 60s he teamed up with Wizz Jones, playing bluegrass music and making two notable albums. This duo ended in 1966 and Stanley now formed another successful country music duo with fiddler Brian Golbey. Yet another effective pairing came in the 70s with guitarist and singer Roger Knowles. Among other artists with whom Stanley worked are Long John Baldry, Dave Moses, Johnny Silvo and Allan Taylor. In the late 70s and through into the mid-80s, he again worked with Golbey, touring extensively through Europe.
In addition to performing, Stanley also teaches and is noted as a skilled maker of banjos, having studied at the London College of Furniture. He is also an acknowledged expert on the history of the banjo. Stanley continues to play, and can be heard at pubs in the UK, especially in north London where he lives, sometimes in the company of Golbey and Knowles.