We are a macabre, comedic, and very energetic Gypsy style folk/rock band. Sometimes naughty, never nice, but ALWAYS READY TO PARTY!
Gallows Humor is an “Undead Gypsy Band” that was 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” & “Blue” all debuted that night. Gogu (Greaves) then set out to find other like-minded musicians to flush out his undead crew.
Gallows Humor went on to play the renaissance fair circuit alongside the Sportive Tricks, the Dread Crew of Oddwood, Cutthroat Reefe, Davey Tankard, Nightengale and the Belles of Bedlam. Not content to be just a ren-fair group, they also booked gigs at wine bars, restaurants and the world famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, who have 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 extraordinaire Jules Beuck (‘Uncle Rasputin Popopovich’); Anarchist/percussionist Dennis Nielsen (‘Pavel Malikov’) who plays everything from castanets to cowbells to the stage floor itself! Randy Parrish-Bell (‘Kizzy Koriatovitch’) violinist and backing vocals; Don Parrish-Bell (‘Gregor Koriatovitch’) guitar, backing vocals.
BOOKING & CONTACT INFORMATION: To book Gallows Humor for your restaurant, renaissance faire or other event, contact Mat Greaves (‘Marian von Gogu’) at Vambligon@hotmail.com for rates, availability and any other information you might need.
We are currently working on our second album for all our devoted fans! Gallows Humor will be announcing all news here and through Facebook, until we gypsies can fashion a proper website.
Necromancy (Gogu), Blues (Rasputin), Cowbell (Pavel)
Artists We Also Like
Cutthroat Reef, Nightingale, Davey Tankard, Merry Wives of Windsor, Belles of Bedlam, Ironwise, Flip Cassidy and the Junkyard Gospel, Here Come The Mummies, Steam Powered Giraffe, Dread Crew of Oddwood, Kongos, The Hobo Gobbelins, The Pirates Charles
Thank you deeply for your support and encouragement ! NA ZDROVYA!