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Episode Twenty Two

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes:

As with Canterbury Soundwaves , a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon.I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up

(i) repeating myself,

(ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or

(iii) becoming increasingly tangential.

This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less expository – so no interviews, barely listenable bootlegs, etc. I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?

This episode we dig deeper into the recently released Hugh Hopper archives, as well as his brother Brian's "Canterburied Sounds" collection of home tape recordings, including a phenomenal 1972 Caravan instrumental demo. Also, the newly surfaced, earliest existing recordings of Gong from 1968 and something very punchy from their 2014's "I See You" album, an insane piece of prepared piano from Lindsay Cooper's private tape archive, Robert Wyatt singing a poignant John Lennon song as well as singing backing vocals for his biographer's band, Richard Sinclair singing lyrics written by novelist/fan Jonathan Coe, some "Bitches Brew" inspired Donald Byrd from 1970, a gem from the 80's King Crimson lineup, a Japanese acid-folk masterpiece from 1975, Japanese Canterbury-heads Happy Family from last year, and some loveliness from early 80s feminist collective Jam Today. From the Canterbury of today, there's a full live set from Lapis Lazuli, recorded here last December." 

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Daevid Allen Biography

Australian beatnik Daevid Allen was a founder member of Britain's earliest psychedelic band, Soft Machine.He departed from the band after the release of their first classic single Love Makes Sweet Music. He was then banned from Britain, he settled in Paris where he formed the psychedelic rock collective Gong in 1970. The band appeared on stage in their "pothead pixie hats", with Allen playing "glissando guitar", his partner poet Gilli Smyth on "space whisper" vocals and a combination of tape loops. Gong created a mixture of ethereal soundscapes mixed with trippy psychedelic lyrics.

Various incarnations followed, including Mother Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison.Musicians included Robert Wyatt, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe, Tim Blake, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, with Allen making an album with Shimmy Disc boss Kramer in 1993.

1994 saw original members of Gong reunite for their 25th anniversary.

The sell out shows at London's Forum were recorded for a double CD although the band splintered once more Daevid continues to record and tour as a solo artist and as a member of Gong who reunited the most cherished mid seventies line up in 2006 featuring Steve Hillage,Miquette Giraudy, Gilli Smyth and Mike Howlett. The band released their comeback album and toured in 2009.

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