With mastery of guitar and bouzouki, Stanley Greenthal performs a compelling mix of original songs and fresh arrangements of instrumental music from Brittany, Scotland, Ireland and the Balkans. Self-taught on guitar since the age of 14, and later on the bouzouki, he has explored world folk music cultures, traveling widely through England, Scotland and Ireland, where he was profoundly influenced by the traditional players and singers in the rich Celtic musical heritage. His work attracted the interest of Micheal O Domhnaill, who produced and played on Stanley’s first recording, Songs for the Journey (1987), along with Kevin Burke and other seminal players of contemporary Celtic music. Subsequent travels to Brittany and Greece sparked his passion for Breton and Balkan music, which culminated in the production of his 2002 album, Melodie, an instrumental collection that stretches musical borders from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany to Greece and the Balkans.
Stanley has released four highly praised recordings, and has been a guest on several other critically acclaimed albums, including releases by Randal Bays and Jamie Laval.
A keen interest in the laouto and lavta (Greek and Turkish lutes) took Stanley to Crete in 2006, where he he studied with composer/multi-instrumentalist Ross Daly and other renowned performers from modal music traditions at the Labyrinth Musical Workshop. Stanley’s current projects include the Seattle-based Breton dance band Sonerion, and a trio with his wife Kip Greenthal and Greek multi-instrumentalist/singer Christos Govetas, performing Stanley’s original songs and a range of music from Greece and the Balkans.
Stanley's new album, First Song (2011) is a collection of original songs with instrumentals from Scotland, Brittany, Crete, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey. The project reflects longtime and more recent collaborations with a number of talented musicians. He is joined by Christos Govetas on clarinet, oud and percussion; mandolinist Luke Plumb; uilleann piper, flute and whistle player Eliot Grasso; bassist Bill Lanphier; Joel Bernstein on banjo, harmonica and concertina; Will Dowd on drums; and Kip Greenthal's percussion and harmony vocals.