Billy Weir

UK Based Drummer

New Year, New News!

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There’s a lot of big things happening in 2015 and I’m very excited about all of them!

I’m recording Fired Oak’s debut album, which is to be released in late march. Be sure to check out our blog https://firedoak.wordpress.com/  which I’ll be updating regularly once the recording gets underway. In March, Petrichor Quintet will be performing at the first Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival run by our good friend Tom Syson. We’ll be supporting Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard for the final event of the festival! I’m also performing at Southport Jazz festival with Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra. There’s lots of other stuff to look forward to and I’ll post it all on here in due course!

2015 Live Dates:

Friday 16th January: Nick Dewhurst Trio (Nick Dewhurst – Trumpet, David Ferris – Organ, Billy Weir – Drums), The Red Carpet Cinema and Cafe, Barton under Needwood 8:30pm Tickets

Sunday 18th January: Simon Spillett (Simon Spillett – Saxophone, John Paul Gard – Organ, Ben Lee – Guitar, Billy Weir – Drums), The Plough, Swindon, 3:00pm

Friday 30th January: Institutes (with Hat Dimension and The Cellars), Avenue Bar – Northampton University, Northampton, 8:00pm Info

Tuesday 3rd February: Spotted Dog Jam Session (Billy Weir – Drums/Hosting, Line up TBC), Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham 11:00pm  (Main gig 8:30pm) Info

Thursday 5th February: Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra (Conducted by Jeremy Price), Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall, Birmingham 7:30pm Info

Sunday 8th February: Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra (Conducted by Jeremy Price), Southport Jazz Festival, Southport Info

Tuesday 10th February: Spotted Dog Jam Session (Billy Weir – Drums/Hosting, Line up TBC), Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham 11:00pm  (Main gig 8:30pm) Info

Tuesday 17th February: Spotted Dog Jam Session (Billy Weir – Drums/Hosting, Line up TBC), Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham 11:00pm  (Main gig 8:30pm) Info

Tuesday 24th February: Spotted Dog Jam Session (Billy Weir – Drums/Hosting, Line up TBC), Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham 11:00pm  (Main gig 8:30pm) Info

Sunday 1st March: Dom Franks/John Paul Gard Trio (Dom Franks – Tenor Saxophone, John Paul Gard – Organ, Billy Weir – Drums), TBC, Swindon

Friday 27th March: Fired Oak Album Launch (Paddy Benedict – Vocals, Lizze Chan Foxley Vocals + Viola, Gareth Fowler – Guitar, Mark Pringle – Piano, James Banner – Bass, Billy Weir – Drums/Composition), The Red Lion, Hockley (Birmingham), 7:45pm Tickets

Sunday 29th March: Petrichor Quintet (Dan Searjeant – Saxophone, Ben Lee – Guitar, David Ferris – Piano, James Banner – Bass, Billy Weir – Drums) The Place Theater, Bedford, 7:30pm Tickets

Wednesday June 11th: Dom Franks/John Paul Gard Trio (Dom Franks – Tenor Saxophone, John Paul Gard – Organ, Billy Weir – Drums), The Prince of Whales, Shrivenham 8:30pm

Hope to see you there!

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Author: Billy Weir - UK Based Drummer

Billy is a freelance musician performing regularly as a band leader and a sideman. After graduating from South West Music School and National Youth Jazz Collective, Billy enrolled on the Jazz Course at Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst studying there he has received tuition from artists such as Mark Turner, John Taylor and Jeff Ballard. In 2014 Billy was awarded the "Tony Levin Drum Prize" for the "most swinging drummer" and performed at the UK National Drum Fair alongside Jean Toussaint and Arnie Somogyi. Billy is presently an in demand sideman performing/recording all across the uk with artists such as renowned pianist, John Law. He has also recorded for the BBC series "Father Brown".

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