Billy Weir

UK Based Drummer

Thank You 2018! Roll on 2019!

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©Martyn Altilar (Cropped by Billy Weir)

©Martyn Altilar (Cropped by Billy Weir)

I’ve just been looking through my “Live Dates” page, looking back over what has been an amazing year! Often, looking at these dates takes me back to not just the concert, but also the context surrounding that gig. Lots of amazing places, lovely people or life “happenings”. I’d say that having an itinerary like this is one of the perks of being a musician.

As for looking forward. Well there are two albums with John Law in preparation for release next year (hopefully). I’m planning on doing some recording of my own soon. I’ve got various projects on the go as a sideman and this news which I’ve been saving…

I’m very happy to announce I have started playing with The LBJBs a band who I’ve been going to see ever since I moved to Bristol! I’ll describe it as funky funk of the funkiest funk… I’m super excited to have joined the guys and have a chance to get my teeth into all of those amazing Clyde Stubblefield drum parts! We play at the LeftBank in Bristol every Thursday (though occasionally some members won’t be there, myself included). I’ll only put gigs outside of this Thursday residency on the Live Dates page.

So, at the time of writing, here are my live dates for January (check the Live Dates page for any updates):

Wednesday 2nd January: The LBJBs, The Bell Inn, Bath, TIME TBC Info

Sunday 6th January:  John Law (Recreations Quartet), Bath Jazz Weekend, TIME TBC Info

Tuesday 8th January: Ferris / Lee / Weir, The Spotted Dog, Birmingham, 9.00pm Info

Friday 11th January: Stephen Mathers Quartet, Bebop Club, Bristol, Doors 8.30pm Info

Saturday 12th January: The LBJBs, The Old Fire House, Exeter, 10.30pm Info

Friday 18th January: The LBJBs, Hootenanny, Brixton, 9pm Info

Saturday 19th January: Annika Skoogh, Venue TBC, Torquay, TIME TBC

Sunday 20th January: Ruth Royall and The Bristol Sessions, The Social, Bristol, 8.30pm Info

Thursday 24th January: John Law (Recreations Quartet), The Spin, Oxford, 9.00pm Info

Friday 25th January: John Law (Recreations Quartet), Sheffield Jazz, Sheffield, 8.00pm Info

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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