Mother Gong

Profile:
Mother Gong was an offshot band of Gong, first imagined by Gilli Smyth in 1978 to promote her album Mother. In 1979, Gilli Smyth met Harry Williamson, and Mother Gong became the vehicle for musical projects together, with several distinct line-ups of musicians over the next 15 years. In 1994 Harry left and Gilli continued to use the name with a completely different group, until 2006.
There were 6 periods :

proto-Mother Gong #1 -1978 - band assembled to promote the Mother album
Members : Gilli Smyth, Jerry Hart (dr), George Bishop (sax), Paul Sanchez (bass), François Bessac (gtr), Jean-Paul Vivini (synth), Janno (perc), Patrick Meadows (keys), Ax Genrich (gtr)...
This proto-Mother Gong band consisting of French and UK musicians briefly toured in Spain and UK in the second half of 1978.

Mother Gong #2 -1978-79 in USA.
Gilli Smyth & Harry Williamson with musicians: George Bishop, Bill Laswell, Bill Bacon, Mark Kramer...
Participated to the first New-York Manifestival in Oct.1978 then returned in Spring 1979 for a US tour promoted by Giorgio Gomelski. Although billed as "Mother Gong", this was really Gilli and Harry backed by members of New York Gong (soon to become Material). Period documented on Live In Usa 79 and on several bootlegs. They performed material from Fairytales as well as selected items from Mother and new pieces by Harry.

Mother Gong #3 -1979-80
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Didier Malherbe, Trevor Darks, Mo Vicarage, Ermanno Ghisio Erba, Eduardo Niebla...
Recorded the album Fairy Tales, and played at Glastonbury festival 1979 on the new Pyramid Stage.

Mother Gong #4 - 1981-83
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Didier Malherbe, Yan Emeric, Dane Cranenberg, Guy Evans
This is the Robot Woman Trilogy period, with a consistent line-up of musicians around Gilli and Harry. Played festivals in Norway and UK, and headlined at Glastonbury 81, where Robot Woman was partly recorded. Harry and Gilli emigrated to Australia with their family in 1982. The last part of the Robot Woman trilogy was recorded in Australia, with different local musicians instead of the UK band.

Mother Gong #5 - 1986-1992 in Australia and UK
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Robert Calvert, Conrad Henderson, Robert George
In '86 Harry built a studio for the band. This was the longest, most stable, and most prolific period for Mother Gong. They developed a "spontaneous composition" method, resulting in a unique and successful blend of jazz, rock and ambient music. This period ended when Harry and Gilli parted ways. Concerts in Australia and a stripped down tour of USA in '91. In '89 Harry traveled to the UK to produce Daevid's Australia Aquaria / She and Gongmaison, toured with them and was later joined by Gilli and Mother Gong to record Wild Child.

Mother Gong #6 - 2005-2006
Members : Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe, Gwyo Ze Pix, Orlando Allen, Tim Hall, Graham Clark
Final resurrection of the band at the occasion of Gong's conventions in 2005 and 2006. They did also a few other gigs in UK and Norway.
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Albums

GAS 10 Mother Gong Mother Gong Live At Glastonbury (Album) GAS Records (2) GAS 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHARLY CRL 5018, CRL 5018 Mother Gong - Fairy Tales album art Mother Gong Fairy Tales (Album) Charly Records, Charly Records CHARLY CRL 5018, CRL 5018 UK 1979 Sell This Version
OT 2 Mother Gong - Battle Of The Birds album art Mother Gong / Anthony Phillips Mother Gong / Anthony Phillips - Battle Of The Birds(Cass, Album) Ottersongs OT 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BUTT 003 Mother Gong - Robot Woman album art Mother Gong Robot Woman (Album) Butt BUTT 003 UK 1981 Sell This Version
OT9 Mother Gong - W.F.M. album art Mother Gong & Dave Sawyer Mother Gong & Dave Sawyer - W.F.M. (Album) Ottersongs OT9 UK 1982 Sell This Version
OT 14 Mother Gong - Glastonbury Fayre album art Mother Gong Glastonbury Fayre(Cass, Album, Yel) Ottersongs OT 14 UK 1982 Sell This Version
HAI 100 Mother Gong - Robot Woman 2 album art Mother Gong Robot Woman 2(LP, Album) Shanghai HAI 100 UK 1982 Sell This Version
HAI 109 Mother Gong - Robot Woman 3 album art Mother Gong Robot Woman 3(LP, Album) Shanghai HAI 109 UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Mother Gong - Buddha's Birthday album art Mother Gong Buddha's Birthday (Album) Ottersongs none UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Mother Gong - Fish In The Sky album art Mother Gong Fish In The Sky(Cass, Album) Ottersongs none UK 1988 Sell This Version
DMLP 1019 Mother Gong - The Owl And The Tree album art Daevid Allen And Mother Gong Daevid Allen And Mother Gong - The Owl And The Tree (Album) Demi Monde DMLP 1019 UK 1989 Sell This Version
none Mother Gong - Tea with Steve Jolliffe album art Mother Gong / Steve Jolliffe Mother Gong / Steve Jolliffe - Tea with Steve Jolliffe(Cass, Album) GAS Records (2) none UK 1990 Sell This Version
MM101CD Mother Gong - Live 1991 album art Mother Gong With Special Guest Tom the Poet Mother Gong With Special Guest Tom the Poet - Live 1991 (Album) Mothermusic MM101CD Australia 1991 Sell This Version
VP134CD, VP 134 CD Mother Gong - She Made The World - Magenta album art Mother Gong She Made The World - Magenta(CD, Album) Voiceprint, Voiceprint VP134CD, VP 134 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
#76000-2 Mother Gong - Tree In Fish album art Mother Gong Tree In Fish (Album) Tapestry (2) #76000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
VP119MC Mother Gong - Wild Child album art Mother Gong Wild Child (Album) Demi Monde VP119MC UK 1991 Sell This Version
VP176CD, VP176 CD Mother Gong - Eye album art Mother Gong Eye(CD, Album) Voiceprint, Voiceprint VP176CD, VP176 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
VP363CD Mother Gong - Glastonbury Festival 1979 - 1981 album art Mother Gong Glastonbury Festival 1979 - 1981(CD, Album) Voiceprint VP363CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
VP404CD Mother Gong - Mother Gong 2006 album art Mother Gong Mother Gong 2006(CD, Album) Voiceprint VP404CD UK 2006 Sell This Version
VP423CD Mother Gong - O Amsterdam album art Mothergong* O Amsterdam (Album) Voiceprint VP423CD UK 2007 Sell This Version

Compilations

CLP 9983-2 Mother Gong - The Best Of Mother Gong album art Mother Gong The Best Of Mother Gong (Comp) Purple Pyramid, Outer Music CLP 9983-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
Pilot 72 Mother Gong - Australia Aquaria: She / Wild Child album art Daevid Allen / Mother Gong Daevid Allen / Mother Gong - Australia Aquaria: She / Wild Child(2xCD, Comp) NMC Music Pilot 72 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SMABX1097 Mother Gong - The Robot Woman Trilogy album art Mother Gong The Robot Woman Trilogy(Box, Comp + CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Album + CD) Madfish SMABX1097 UK 2019 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

VPR007CD Mother Gong - Mother Gong album art Mother Gong Mother Gong(CD) Voiceprint VPR007CD UK 1994 Sell This Version