Gallows Humor – Electronic Press Kit

Band Introduction

Gallows Humor has been performing on the SoCal, Las Vegas, and Arizona Faire circuits for over a decade. We have an act that’s not to be missed, including spooky, macabre, comedic, as well as adult themes and we are best understood live and in person. If needed, we will always tone it down for non-NC-17 stages as we have dozens of “Family Friendly” songs we perform as well. Lyrics, albums, and videos are available on our webpage to give an idea of who we are.

For the Faire, we bring more than just stage performance, with a Faire guild we provide a unique experience for patrons as well. We typically camp, and bring our “guild hall” for the guild Romale Strigoi (attached to Gallows Humor), to add atmosphere.

Thank you for considering us!

Please contact us here for any questions or booking information. For band questions, email Mat Greaves at manager@gallowshumorband.com or call Mat directly at 626-485-6779.

Band Members – in order of joining

Bios

Short Bio

Gallows Humor is a macabre, comedic, and energetic Romani-style folk/rock band. They perform bawdy, family-friendly, traditional Romani songs and original songs. Gallows Humor has a twisted bent to all of their performances. They love to crack jokes as they laugh at death and the morbid while celebrating life! Renaissance Faire appropriate and they’re always in character ready to party!


Long Bio

Gallows Humor is a macabre, comedic, and energetic Romani-style folk/rock band. They perform bawdy, family-friendly, traditional Romani songs and original songs. Gallows Humor has a twisted bent to all of their performances. They love to crack jokes as they laugh at death and the morbid. Renaissance Faire appropriate and they’re always in character ready to party!

Gallows Humor has been performing on the SoCal, Las Vegas, and Arizona circuits for over a decade. They have an act that’s not to be missed including spooky, macabre, comedic as well as adult themes.

The performers in Gallows Humor are all accomplished musicians. Marian von Gogu who has previously performed with belly dance troupes, plays the bouzouki, guitar, accordion and other instruments, as well as composing the majority of the original songs for Gallows Humor. Uncle Rasputin has played the bass in Gallows Humor since its inception, as well as in other bands and following bands since the 1970s. Gregor previously performed with I.M.H.O. and the Eben Brooks Band, and is a master of the acoustic and electric guitars. Mathias played drums with heavy metal bands in the 2000s, is a musician on medieval stringed instruments, as well as a master on the hammered dulcimer playing in Middle Eastern styles. Pitor, has played the English Concertina for over 15 years, is skilled at improvisational harmonies and also plays with the sea-shanty, pirate styled band, Cutthroat Reef. Mina Valarius adds to the sound of Gallows Humor with her vocal performances, and previously sang with The Fools and the Fae.


Additional Material for Long Bio
Gallows Humor is an “undead Romani Band” created by Mat Greaves in 2009. He developed an idea over many months to start the band, writing music and developing an act to go with it. He got his first chance as an “in-between sets” act at a Belles of Bedlam Halloween show at the Brit’s Pub & Restaurant in Pasadena, CA. Taking the persona of Romani gypsy “Marian Von Gogu”, Mat sang songs of necrophilia, cannibalism and drinking absinthe to the crowd, who loved every minute of it. Early versions of Gallows Humor classics “Necrodance,” “Don’t Judge Me” and “Blue,” all debuted that night. Gogu (Greaves) then set out to find other like-minded musicians to flesh out his undead crew.

Gallows Humor went on to play the Renaissance Faire circuit alongside the Sportive Tricks, the Dread Crew of Oddwood, Cutthroat Reef, Davey Tankard, Nightengale and the Belles of Bedlam. Not content to be just a Ren-Faire group, they also booked gigs at wine bars, restaurants and the world famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, who asked them back to play several times.

The current lineup of Gallows Humor includes Mat Greaves (“Marian von Gogu”) vocalist, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, toy piano; Bass player Jules Beuck (“Uncle Rasputin Popopovich”); Don Parrish-Bell (“Gregor Koriatovitch”) guitar, backing vocals; percussionist Mathias Hakonan (“Måthías Árnrunrvedr Hákonan”) who plays drums, percussion; Patrick Palmer (“Pitor Petrokovich”) playing English Concertina and vocals, as well as Ashley Nicole Shanley (“Mina Valarius”) contributing dancing and vocals.

Photos, Logos and Images

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Album Covers and T-Shirt Images




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Individual Band Member Photos
Marion von Gogu - Lifetime Memories Photography

Marion von Gogu – Photograph by Lifetime Memories Photography

Jules Beuck - photograph by Johny Marr #FacesofKoroneburg

Jules Beuck – photograph by Johny Marr #FacesofKoroneburg

Don Parrish-Bell

Don Parrish-Bell aka Gregor

Mathias Hakonson aka Måthías Árnrunrvedr Hákonan, photograph by Nia Dean

Mathias Hakonson aka Måthías Árnrunrvedr Hákonan, photograph by Nia Dean

Patrick Palmer, aka Pitor Petrokovich, photograph by Cain Gessick

Patrick Palmer, aka Pitor Petrokovich, photograph by Cain Gessick

Ashley Nicole Shanley, aka Mina Valarius

Ashley Nicole Shanley, aka Mina Valarius

Audio/Video

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Requirements

Stage Space: We fit best on a state 10′ deep by 15′ wide. If the stage is smaller, we can work with this as well.

Power Requirements: For close-up performances we don’t need to be amped or miked, as we can perform without power. If power is provided, we can use it and are happy to work with sound engineers, if those are provided, for a full mic, full electric, fully amped experience as all our instruments (drums excluded) can be plugged into standard 1/4″ instrument plugs. We can provide speakers, mixer, mics and other gear. If that is required, it must be specifically requested beforehand.

Camping Requirements: If space is available, we can use up to 50’x50′, with approximately 25′ for our guild hall. If there is less space, we can work with that but need to know about it in advance of the fair to facilitate planning. If there is electricity available, that would be nice but is not required.

Gate List: Any gate list should always include the band members listed above. For Fairs or other performances, we may have support personnel that will be assisting us during setup, performance, and teardown. These people would be be considered “guild members” for the purpose of Renaissance Fairs, and a list of names can be provided upon request. Typically for a full band, including support personnel, this could be approximately 12 people (typically fewer). For events requiring entrance tickets, approximately 12 tickets would need to be made available, but again a list can be provided depending upon the venue, and this could be as few as 6.