The Dameans

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The Dameans
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Contemporary Catholic liturgical music
Years active 1969-1995
Labels F.E.L. Publications, TeleKetics, NALR, GIA
Past members
  • Darryl Ducote
  • Mike Balhoff
  • Dave Baker
  • Buddy Ceaser
  • Gary Ault

The Dameans were a group of Catholic musicians who rose to prominence in the folk music era of the 1970s.[1] They began as seminarians at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana; formed in 1968, the group comprised Darryl Ducote, Mike Balhoff, Dave Baker, Buddy Ceaser, and Gary Ault.[2] By the early 1980s, along with such groups as the St. Louis Jesuits, their music "dominate[d] the publications scene" in contemporary Catholic liturgical music.[3] As part of the "second phase" of post-Conciliar Catholic folk music, the Dameans' songs reflected attention to liturgical and Biblical texts, and several were represented in the original Glory and Praise hymnal of 1977.[4] Their most popular songs included Look Beyond[5] and All That We Have.


  • Tell The World (1969)-F.E.L. Publications
  • Songs of the New Creation (1970)-F.E.L. Publications
  • Walk To That Gloryland (1971)-F.E.L. Publications
  • Beginning Today" (1974)-TeleKetics
  • Day of The Son (1976)-NALR
  • Remember your Love (1978)-NALR
  • Sing Out His Goodness (1979)-NALR
  • Path Of Life (1981)-NALR
  • Reflections, Vol. 1 (1982)-NALR
  • Morning to Night (1984)-NALR
  • Reflections, Vol. 2 (1985)
  • Reflections, Vol. 3 (1986)
  • Intermissions (1988)
  • Reflections, Vol. 4 (1991)-GIA
  • Psalms For The Church Year, Volume VI (1993)-GIA
  • Child of God (1995)-GIA


  1. ^ Schaefer, Edward (2008). Catholic Music Through the Ages. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books. p. 153. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Foley, John (2003), "All at Once the Music Changed: Reflections on Liturgical Music in the United States Since Vatican II", Toward Ritual Transformation: Remembering Robert W. Hovda, Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, p. 114 
  3. ^ Boccardi, Donald (2001). The history of American Catholic hymnals: since Vatican II. Chicago: GIA Publns. Inc. p. 57. Retrieved 9 July 2001. 
  4. ^ Mannion, M. Francis (2004). Masterworks of God: Essays in Liturgical Theory and Practice. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books. p. 122. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Boccardi, Donald (2001). The history of American Catholic hymnals: since Vatican II. Chicago: GIA Publns. Inc. p. 100. Retrieved 9 July 2010.