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octor Leaves is the musical moniker of Ben Shorten and Dara Munnis. They have known each other for a very long time. They both took up the piano when they were in the single digits. They both took up the guitar in the double. Between them they also have a grasp over the flute, cello, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and more. They formed their first band together when they were in their mid-teens. Through this, they discovered a passion for writing and performing original music, however, unfortunately, after many years in a 4-piece ensemble, the band disbanded (punt intended). They went their seperate musical ways but still remained buddies, pals, amigos, almost... friends. During this time, Dara began playing with some other bands and artists - The Coronas, Gavin Glass, Jack L - like a mercenary of sorts. Ben experimented with new bands but nothing seemed to stick. Eventually, destiny herself appeared to Dara and instructed him to reignite the musical spark that had once existed between them. They were living together at the time, so it wasn't difficult. They reformed under a new name, with a whole new outlook and philosphy, in a simpler two-piece fashion and began writing again. Their debut 4 track eponymous EP is the product of their efforts since that date, some might say their only worthwhile endevour over the course of their 20+ year friendship. Please treat it with care. It is very special to them.

The 4 track EP, recorded in the Summer of 2009, features a small selection of songs demonsrating the style and originality of Doctor Leaves. To give the music it's true 'full band' sound, we borrowed musicians and brought them into a small studio in Dublin to record for a day. The drums were played by Ciarán Fortune from The Chapters and the bass by Graham Knox from The Coronas. The studio session also featured guitarist Gavin Muddiman on many tracks. Following the studio session, we retreated to our own homemade studio in the spare room of our house to record the rest. Here we laid down guitar, piano, vocals, cello, trumpet and all the other frills. During this phase, we were joined by Turlough Gunawardhana (also borrowed from The Chapters) on cello, Simon Fagan on trumpet and Niamh Farrell and Bairbre Munnis on backing vocals. After a few months of refining and perfecting the songs, it was left in the more than capable hands of Philip Begley to be mixed and then onto Aiden Foley in Masterlabs to master it. The artwork for the finished product was designed by Niamh Farrell.

The EP can be aquired in many ways. The simplest for you right now is probably just to play it using the built in myspace player at the top of this page. All four tracks are there in full. However, if you'd like to buy a physical copy or a MP3 download, there are many options detailed below.


Tune in again tomorrow!!!