Gilli Smyth first started performing with Soft Machine in the
sixties when the band played their mixture of poetry/music gigs.
Gilli became more active as a performer following the
formation of Gong with her partner Daevid Allen following
his departure from the aforementioned Soft Machine in 1968.
Following her departure with Allen from Paris following the
Paris riots of late 1968 Gilli along with Allen decamped to
Spain although the duo once again returned to France in
1969 where the second edition of Gong became a reality.
Gilli was the only female in the band originally and developed
her "Space Whisper" which became an integral part of the
Gilli and Daevid Allen left Gong in 1974 and moved to Spain
and spent her time writing material that would find its way
onto her debut solo album Mother in 1978. It is with this
album the story of Mother Gong begins. From here Gilli began
performing concerts as Mother Gong and played many high
profile concerts including Glastonbury Festival in 1979 and
again in 1981.
The band has been through a number of personnel changes
over the years with Gilli at the helm of all the various
incarnations of the band. Gilli has also managed to resume
working alongside Daevid Allen in various incarnations of
Gong including but not limited to Planet Gong, Gongmaison
and more recently the Gong Acid mothers line up
There have been a number of releases from Mother Gong
and Gilli Smyth over the last twelve months all of which have
sold well. The latest of these releases is Live In Amsterdam.
The performance took place at the spectacularly successful
Gong INCON which took place in November 2006 and
reprised the successful appearance of Mother Gong at the
previous Gong UNCON in 2005. The band featured Gilli Smyth,
Orlando Allen, Didier Malherbe, Gwyo Zepix and Tim Hall
and was one of the undoubted hit’s of the 2006 UNCON.
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