The Black Magic Big Band is a 17 piece big band, plus vocalists, based in Galway, Ireland. The band enjoyed a regular Monday night residency for more than 8 years in Busker Browne's, Galway, and for the 10 years before that in Bar Cuba (since renamed to McGettigan's). Featuring Galway's finest Jazz musicians, Black Magic Big Band is a very popular choice for nights out, weddings, corporate functions, festivals and private parties throughout Ireland.
September 11, 2018
The band's Monday night residency in Busker Browne's, which began in July 2010, has come to an end but we are actively seeking a new venue to continue our 18-year tradition of bringing the unique sound of high-quality live Big Band Jazz, Swing, Soul, Funk, and Blues to Galway.
The band really appreciated the intimacy, great sound, and friendly staff in Busker Browne's and we wish the staff and management every success in the future. Playing in the big Window to a packed house, our music could also be enjoyed on the street by passers-by, who heard us before they saw us.
We're very much looking forward to moving to another location but we're being careful to select the ideal venue for a band of our size (17 musicians plus vocalists), with room for dancing. So please bear with us while we enjoy a few Monday nights off after 18 straight years.
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.