“Billy’s drum lines perfectly complement each piece, providing a solid framework for the instrumentation to soar above.” – My Glance Turns To A Stare
“A good mix of power and sensitivity. Always on the money” – The Jazz Mann
“Provides a very interesting and varied accompaniment to the proceedings throughout. Very much at home in all styles from fidgeting shuffles to heavy beats” – London Jazz News
“Mesmeric drum improvisation from Billy Weir” – Jazz In Reading
“Just wanted to say how much we at Birmingham Jazz enjoyed the gig. The whole ensemble was superb with excellent solos all round, but what really impressed me was the new and original material – both sophisticated and immediately engaging – a rare combination in my experience!” – Jim Sparrow, Birmingham Jazz
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 and Bristol based funk outfit The LBJBs. He has also recorded for the BBC series “Father Brown”.
Billy Weir grew up in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Born to a musical household he was introduced to a wide variety of genres from an early age. Billy was performing from a young age with ensembles such as Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and his first jazz band The Dixies who performed at Cheltenham International Jazz Festival in 2009.
He then went on to gain places in South West Music School, Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and National Youth Jazz Collective. During this time he was studying with notable contemporaries, Reuben James (Sam Smith) and Jacob Collier.
After graduating from South West Music School, Billy gained a place to study at Birmingham Conservatoire on their renowned jazz course. Whilst studying there he has received tuition from Andrew Bain, Clark Tracey, Malcom Garrett, Jeff Williams, Mark Turner, John Riley, Jeff Ballard and John Taylor.
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. In April 2014 Billy performed in Brest, France as part of the Anglo-French “MAP” ensemble. He has also recorded for the BBC series “Father Brown”.
In 2015 Billy released “Fired Oak“, a project combining jazz and folk music. The album was recorded,mixed and co-produced by Grant Bain who won the Solid State Logic Award for his work on the album! The album is available from all major download/streaming services. Solid copies are available here!
Billy is presently working as an in demand sideman, performing all across the uk with artists such as renowned pianist John Law and Bristol based funk outfit The LBJBs.