Lead singer and songwriter of much-loved Dublin band The Wilde Oscars has just released a new album 20 Greenlea Road.
20 Greenlea Road is an album which examines Les’ family history- half Catholic, descended from the great harpist O’Carolyn, and hailing from Kilmainhamwood, while his father’s side were Jewish emigrees fleeing persecution from Russia and Poland at the end of the 19th century, and arriving in Dublin (via London) during WW2. The title comes from the street his grandparents lived in, in Terenure, Dublin.
Working in separate studios in 2 different countries the album was written and recorded with his friend, sometime band member, and musician extraordinaire Joe Chester.
He is a member of the Dublin bands Eamonn Dowd and The Racketeers (which also features Horslips legends Eamon Carr and Jim Lockhart), Strand (with Niall Toner of The Dixons), Duncan Maitland, (ex XTC, Picturehouse, Pugwash), Herm and Clay Dolls.
As a producer/engineer he has worked with an array of Ireland’s finest artists, from rock and roll to contemporary classical, including Neil Hannon, Judith Ring, Benjamin Dwyer, Steve Wickham, Liam O’Maonlai, My Sweet Beloved, Sean Millar, Patrick Freyne, Mary Stokes and members of the Horslips, all from his self-built recording studio, Arad Studio in Dublin.