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Band Info

Night Gallery - General Band Info

Members

Mark Demon - Vocals
Kit E. Hawke - Bass Guitar
Jimmy Dragon - Drums/Percussion
Paul Ash - Keyboards

Night Gallery

Night Gallery arose from the dark gothic corners of New York City with a few songs and a dream. A dream that a great band could be formed from my own collection of original songs which I had written over the years beginning in 1986. The first song was called "Funeral Parlor" which was written from an experience I had as a child. In a dream about this experience which occurred many years before, I was inspired to create the bass line which I heard in my dream and remembered upon waking. At that time I had left the Band PMS and started working with THE PEDESTRIANS in 1986. After the untimely death of my dear friend, Ronnie Phillips, the main writer and guitarist for The Pedestrians, I decided this was an inspiration to break away from playing other people's music in previous bands I had played bass in and begin my own. In 1989, I asked the Vocalist, Tammy to sing my songs. My friend Gwen agreed to play keyboards and Robert Lacyk played drums. After auditioning a few guitarists, we found Adam. We called the band "NIGHTMARE" after one of the songs I had written. The band went through several personnel changes (Jimmy replaced Robert on the drums, Gwen and Adam left to form their own band) over the following years until 1992 when my ex-husband, Mark joned as guitarist and keyboardist Diana Simons jumped on board. We needed a vocalist after my good friend Tammy moved to Florida and found Colin Stoker who enchanted us with him amazing voice and helped co-write many of the songs which we still play. After Drummer Jimmy left, we found an incredible replacement named Rob W. whom we nick-named "The Machine" for his impeccable timing. We were inspired to re-name the band "Night Gallery" and begin fresh with this new powerful line-up. We did several recordings, one song called "Sara" made it on a compilation album called "Hear No Evil, Volume II" which can still be found. We played many New York City venues over the following three years which culminated with our farewell gig at the infamous "Limelight". After the break-up of Night Gallery in 1995, I decided to take a break from my own material and joined two bands, "Ultraviolet" and "Caledonia" where I formed lifelong friendships with the members of both these bands. Now, more than a decade later, I was inspired to revive "Night Gallery" with another fresh new line-up and record all the songs and put out a CD of this fabulous material. Inspired by my present husband, Mark Demon, whose vocals are reminiscent of Colin Stokers', I am graced by the presence of a drummer I've had the pleasure of playing with in the past few years of the new millennium. His name is John Marzan who has also played with me in the band "Bad Camera" in 2006. I am also very lucky to acquire my good friend Sauron, a very talented guitarist who has also played on the NYC Gothic Scene for many years with bands such as Vasaria. Last but not least, the very talented and mysterious Paul Ash has agreed to play keyboards for us.

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Members

Mark Demon - Vocals

Mark Demon’s passion for music goes back to the early eighties. His musical taste ranged from Elvis to Sisters of Mercy.  The new wave of the eighties made him decide to try and do music.

He began playing drums; styles included Jazz, rock and gospel.  By the time he reached High school He decided he was done with drums and moved to Bass guitar.  Mark jammed with numerous people, but decided by the end of high school. Not to make music his complete focus.  Instead, he decided to study Architecture.  

He eventually found his way into the computer industry and became a network engineer for the Department of Defense.  During this time he met Kitty Hawke who he later married.

Eventually mark picked up his bass guitar again. He began playing with his friend Oz, who opened up new musical possibilities for Mark. This developed into new interests in music. Eventually he decided he wanted to someday sing in a band. Unsure of whether he had the voice to do it. He shared his new interest with wife Kitty.

A year later Kitty decided to reform Night Gallery, and decided to audition Mark on vocals. When she and guitarist Sauron, and drummer John heard him sing they realized they have a diamond in the rough.

Along with the song writing and bass playing of Kitty, the and then drummer John, searing guitar playing of Sauron. Mark Demon’s vocal have become an equal and important part of Night Gallery’s sound. The band looks forward to bringing the sound and songs of Night Gallery to the world.

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Kit E. Hawke - Bass

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Paul Ash - Keys

Prior to joining Night Gallery, Paul quit synthesizer and returned to the Middle Ages, turning his attention to keyboard instruments of the time.  He developed his own technique of building and playing Portative Organ, the original keyboard instrument whose inner workings could only be discovered beneath the church.  He studied Organistrum, the sinister keyed wheel-fiddle made infamous by soul-merchants, beggars, and its depiction in many paintings of hell. Upon learning his favorite band from the early 90's NYC Gothic scene was reforming and in need of a keyboard player he hastened to complete his affairs and returned to the scene.

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