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Daevid Allen and Mother Gong Biography

Gilli Smyth first started performing with Soft Machine in the sixties when the band played their mixture of poetry/music gigs.  She became more active as a performer following the formation of Gong with her partner Daevid Allen after his departure from Soft Machine in 1968.

Gilli and Daevid left Paris after the riots of late 1968, and decamped to Spain.  The duo 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 Gong sound.  Leaving Gong in 1974 Daevid and Gilli returned to Spain.  Gilli 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 when Gilli began performing under the name, playing at many high profile concerts including the 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.  She has also managed to resume working alongside Daevid Allen in various versions of Gong, including, but not limited to, Planet Gong, Gongmaison and more recently the Acid Mothers Gong  line up.

Gilli Smyth also continues to perform as a solo artist alongside others, notably Daevid and their son Orlando Allen.  There have been a number of archive releases from Mother Gong in 2004-2005, including ‘The Best Of Mother Gong’ and a document of their Glastonbury Festival performances from 1979 and 1981.


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