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 or call Mat directly at 626-485-6779.

Band Members


Short Bio

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 Poppopovich”); 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


Album Covers and T-Shirt Images

Band Group Photos

Band Performance Photos

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


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Stage Space: We fit best on a stage 15′ deep by 15′ wide. If the stage is smaller, we can work with this, but it could be a little crowded. Request 1 chair. If not available, please advise.

Power Requirements: For close-up performances we can perform without power. If power is provided, we can use it and are happy to work with sound engineers for a full mic, full electric, fully amped experience. If previously requested, we can provide speakers, mixer, mics, etc.

Camping Requirements: We can use up to 50’x50′ of available camping space, with approximately 25′ for our guild hall. If space is tight, please advise ahead of time for planning. If electricity is available, that would be nice but is not required.

We request being close to the performance stage(s) as is reasonable. If not, any instrument storage space would be appreciated. We can provide wagons for instrument transport, but need to know ahead of time if this will be required.

Gate List: Gate lists will include the band members listed above. For Faires we have support personnel that may assist during setup, performance, and teardown. These people are “guild members” for the purpose of Renaissance Fairs, and a list of names will be provided upon request. For the entire band, including support personnel, this may be approximately 12 people (typically fewer). For events requiring entrance tickets, approximately 6-12 comp tickets would need to be made available.

Merchandise: We have Gallows Humor themed merchandise to sell: 2 CDs and 2 styles of T-shirts with the band logo. During Faire performances we accept tips from the audience, during or after the show. If there are any concerns with this, please let us know. For private events we won’t put out the “tip coffin” or the merchandise unless that is requested or appropriate.

Adult Content: While some of our most beloved songs, such as “Blue” or “Coffin” are more for the adults, we have a large selection of “family friendly” selections, currently 24 songs performed by our current lineup. While we enjoy playing on 18+/21+ stages, with NC-17 content, we can tone it down and perform our tamer pieces when requested. Our humor is still towards the spooky, dark, macabre, but we also have songs about drinking, how we are NOT pirates, and traditional Romani songs. We are always willing to adjust our content for the venue or event, or the needs of the customer!

Go here for an interactive listing of our song catalog, including songs that haven’t been recorded. Lyrics are available for almost all songs that we currently perform.