This is inspired, vibrant cross-cultural acoustic instrumental music by a late 70's/early 80's outfit from the San Francisco Bay area who seemed intent on playing just about every musical instrument ever invented; a bit like The Incredible String Band without the drugs.

artist:
Do'ah

country of origin:
USA

style(s):
New acoustic, world music, jazz, new folk

decades active:
70's - 80's

essential releases:

  • Ancient Beauty (1981, Philo/Rounder)
  • The Early Years (1987, Philo/Rounder)

Reviewed by Mike G

This is inspired, vibrant cross-cultural acoustic instrumental music by a late 70's/early 80's outfit from the San Francisco Bay area who seemed intent on playing just about every musical instrument ever invented; a bit like The Incredible String Band without the drugs.

Although with a changeable line-up, the core group always consisted of Randy Armstrong on string instruments and Ken LaRoche on wind, with both of them also playing various kinds of percussion. The group’s name is an Arabic-Persian word signifying a call to prayer and meditation, which is a little at odds with the often breezy, good-natured grooves and fantastic melodies.

These two albums collect the band's best music: Ancient Beauty (1981) is an original release, while The Early Years (1987) collects highlights from two other early albums which are long unavailable. Both albums are peak examples of the kind of eclectic acoustic music that attracted new age audiences at the time without compromising any musical cred.

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