Mother Gong

Profile:
Mother Gong was an offshot band of Gong, first imagined by Gilli Smyth in 1978 to promote her album Mother. In the end of 1978, Gilli Smyth met Harry Williamson, and Mother Gong would then be the umbrella name for their musical projects together, with revolving musicians (or sometimes in duo with backing tapes). Mother Gong existed until 2006, although not continuously.
The band's existence can be basically summarized in 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 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, Michael Beinhorn, Fred Maher, Bill Bacon, Chris Cutler, Cliff Cultreri, 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 the core members of New York Gong (soon to become Material). Period documented on Live In Usa 79 and on several bootlegs.

Mother Gong #3 -1979-80
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Didier Malherbe, Trevor Darks, Mo Vicagage, Ermano Ghisio Erba, Eduardo Nibla...
Recorded the album Fairy Tales, and played at Glastonbury festival.

Mother Gong #4 - 1981-83
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Didier Malherbe, Yan Emeric, Dane Kronenberg, Guy Evans
This is the Robot Woman Trilogy period, with a better established line-up of musicians around Gilli and Harry. Played festivals in Norway and UK.

Mother Gong #5 - 1986-1991 in Australia and UK
Members : Gilli Smyth, Harry Williamson, Robert Calvert, Conrad Henderson, Robert George
This was the longest, most stable, and most prolific period for Mother Gong. They developped a "spontaneous composition" method, resulting in a unique and successful blend of jazz, rock and ambient music. This period ended when Harry Williamson and Gilly Smyth parted ways.

Mother Gong #6 - 2005-2006
Members : Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe, Gwyo Ze Pix, Orlando Allen, Tim Hall, Graham Clark
Last 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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Mother Gong Discography Tracks

Albums

Mother Gong - Fairy Tales album art Mother Gong Fairy Tales (Album) Charly Records 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
Mother Gong - Robot Woman album art Mother Gong Robot Woman (Album) Butt UK 1981 Sell This Version
Mother Gong - W.F.M. album art Mother Gong & Dave Sawyer Mother Gong & Dave Sawyer - W.F.M. (Album) Ottersongs 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
Mother Gong - Buddha's Birthday album art Mother Gong Buddha's Birthday (Album) Ottersongs 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
Mother Gong - The Owl And The Tree album art Gong* The Owl And The Tree (Album) Demi Monde UK 1989 Sell This Version
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 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
Mother Gong - Wild Child album art Mother Gong Wild Child (Album) Demi Monde UK 1992 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
Mother Gong - Tree In Fish album art Mother Gong Tree In Fish (Album) Tapestry (2) US 1994 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
Mother Gong - O Amsterdam album art Mothergong* O Amsterdam (Album) Voiceprint UK 2007 Sell This Version

Compilations

Mother Gong - The Best Of Mother Gong album art Mother Gong The Best Of Mother Gong (Comp) Purple Pyramid, Outer Music 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

Miscellaneous

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