Billy Weir

UK Based Drummer

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*UPDATED* Best Jazz Records of 2020…..


Billy Weir is still very much on pause. Things are… well… completely topsy turvy at the moment.

But amidst all this. An album I recorded with John Law has been mentioned by BBC Music Magazine in their list of “The best jazz recordings released in 2020 so far”. We’re in some fairly lofty company including John Scofield and Bill Frisell! I feel honoured and, frankly, baffled to have been mentioned along side them!

Full article here: They accidentally called me Dave Smith, but frankly he’s such an incredible drummer than I’m quite happy to be accidentally called by his name.

*UPDATE* In the December/January issue of Jazzwise Magazine, this album has been included in the critics poll of “The Best Albums of 2020”. It’s real honour to have contributed to an album that is included in this list. Congratulations John Law!

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What a wonderful night!

I recently had the opportunity to put together a tribute to one of my favourite albums ever, Donny Hathaway’s 1972 “Live” album. I booked some of my favourite musicians for the project and a large number of Bristol’s extended musical family showed up to support the night. There was a warmth and attention in the room that I haven’t experienced for a while. I’m extremely grateful to the musicians involved and all who came. Having had a fairly rocky couple of months personally, the night seemed to gain an extra poignancy, best represented by this song and this performance by Miss Dee Gomez. I hope you enjoy, Billy.

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Something a bit different!

I recently played at a wonderful event called Funkenteleky. A fantastic event combining spoken word, performance art and improvising musicians. This was one of the highlights for me. Yasmina Silva performed this poem “A Word to the Black Girls”, and I accompanied her. But this was un-rehearsed, with only a copy of the poem in front of me to work off. It was an amazing challenge and experience following Yasmina’s natural speech rhythms and trying to turn that into music whilst also further emphasising the message of the poem. Every Funkenteleky has been amazing for me and I look forward to more in the future!

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Thank You 2018! Roll on 2019!

©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

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Stuff is happening…. I promise!


I’m trying to avoid the classic musician trope of a website that hasn’t been updated for months or years. With that in mind, I’ve just updated the Live Dates page. I’ve got a fairly busy November ahead so keep an eye out for if I’m playing near you!

There are some things brewing for the future that I’m looking forward to announcing on here soon. But in the meantime I’ve been really busy being a sideman for various groups. Most recently I was touring with Josh Schofield’s quartet. Here is a review of one of the gigs we did: REVIEW

Speak Soon!