The Black Magic Big Band is a 17 piece big band, plus vocalists, based in Galway, Ireland. The band has enjoyed a regular Monday night residency for more than 5 years in Busker Browne's, Galway, and for the 10 years before that in Bar Cuba (since renamed to Bar903). Black Magic Big Band is a very popular choice for weddings, corporate functions, festivals and private parties throughout Ireland.
March 23, 2017
We are deeply saddened to learn that our good friend and former manager, Bob Parsonson (left), passed away on the 15th of March. He will be sorely missed but fondly remembered always. Our thoughts are with his family - especially his wife, Frankie. Rest in Peace, Bob. Or maybe not peace exactly - knowing you, you're probably already managing a heavenly big band, comprised of all the greats, that's at this very minute blasting out Mr. Anthony's Boogie.
We were equally saddened to hear that John Merrick (right); one of our original trumpet section and a mentor, inspiration, and friend to most of the Galway's current professional brass players; passed away 6 days later, on the 21st of March. John, a member of the famous long-running Sunday morning Kings Head jazz band, 'The Jazz Masters', will be remembered fondly by generations of admirers whenever they hear the song 'Georgia on my mind'. His wife, Mary, and all his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, John - your legacy is plain to see in all the trumpet players you've influenced during your long time in Galway's music scene.
November 7, 2016
Many thanks to drumming legend Ralph Rolle for stepping in for a few numbers tonight.
The band is really enjoying the new venue's intimacy, great sound, and friendly staff. These are immediately noticed by everyone who comes into Busker Browne's, along with the room's spacious, clean, and comfortable layout where you can hear the band perfectly but still have a conversation without needing to shout.
Playing in the big Window, our music can be enjoyed on the street by passers-by, who'll hear us before they see us. Often, we can see as many faces looking at us from outside, as there are inside the room. People often gather at the front door, looking at the band. Don't let that put you off - there is plenty of space at the back of the room where you will hear perfectly, get served quickly, and find a vantage point from which to see the band.
Looking forward to seeing you there!10 Years in Bar903