Iain Archer

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Not to be confused with Ian Archer.
Iain Archer
Birth name Iain Denis Archer
Born Bangor, Northern Ireland
Genres Rock, folk, indie
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1995–present
Labels Sticky Music, Bright Star, Play It Again Sam
Website iainarcher.co.uk

Iain Archer[1] is a singer–songwriter/producer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. Archer comes from a musical background and released several solo albums in the mid-1990s on the small Scottish independent label Sticky Music. After a stint with Snow Patrol and a side project with the band's frontman Gary Lightbody in The Reindeer Section, he returned to his solo career. In 2004, he released the album Flood the Tanks, and in 2006 Magnetic North, co-produced with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything), both to critical acclaim. His most recent album, To the Pine Roots, was released in 2009.

In 2005, Archer saw UK top 5 success with Snow Patrol's hit Run which became a UK No.1 in 2008. He is an Ivor Novello Award winner (Album Award – Final Straw by Snow Patrol) and a 2013 Ivor Novello Award nominee (Best Song Musically & Lyrically – Two Fingers by Jake Bugg). Archer is a member of Tired Pony, a band comprising Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.), Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Jacknife Lee and Troy Stewart. Tired Pony released their debut record The Place We Ran From in July 2010 which featured contributions from Zooey Deschanel, M Ward, Tom Smith (Editors) and was recorded in Portland, Oregon. They completed their follow-up, titled The Ghost of the Mountain in early 2013, recorded in Topanga Canyon, L.A.. Archer is married to singer Miriam Kaufmann.[2][3]


Artist Title Notes Credit Label
Snow Patrol Run
Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking
Ways and Means
Final Straw album UK No. 3 Writer Fiction/Universal
Leona Lewis Run UK No. 1 Writer Sony BMG/SyCo
Example Playing in the Shadows
Two Lives
album UK No. 1 Writer
Remix/Add Prod
Ministry of Sound
Tired Pony The Place We Ran From All album tracks Writer/Guitar/Vox/Lapsteel/Banjo Fiction/Universal
Jake Bugg Trouble Town
Lightning Bolt
Taste It
Two Fingers
Note to Self
Seen It All
Ballad of Mr. Jones
debut single March 2012
single May 2012
single June 2012
single Oct 2012
Jake Bugg Album Oct 2012
Jake Bugg Album Oct 2012
Jake Bugg Album Oct 2012
Jake Bugg Album Oct 2012
Hudson Taylor Hideaway Battles EP Sept 2012 Writer Polydor
Gabrielle Aplin Stranger Side Please Don't EP Nov 2012 Producer/Writer Parlophone/EMI
Lewis Watson Even If EP Nov 2012 Producer/Writer Warner
Luke Sital-Singh Fail for You EP Sept 2012 Producer iTunes
Mikko Sipola Beat the Winter Winner The Voice Finland
Album Oct 2012
Writer Universal
Chew Lips Razor's Edge Album Summer 2012 Writer Sony
Charlie Simpson If I Lose It
Young Pilgrim album UK No. 6 Writer Pledge
Rosi Golan Seeing Ghosts
A Lot of Things

Writer/Guitar/Vox Self-Release/Universal
Athlete Long Way to Run
Writer Fiction/Universal
Lissie Here Before (with Band of Horses) EP Writer Columbia
Rea Garvey (Reamonn) Sorry Days Can't Stand the Silence Album – Germany No. 4 Writer Universal Germany
Reindeer Section You Are My Joy
Who Told You I'll Be There
Your Sweet Voice
Grand Parade
Son of Evil Reindeer Album Writer/Guitar/Vox Fiction
Duke Special The Best at the Worst of Times EP Writer Self Release
Fionn Regan Hotel Room EP Guitar Anvil
Jacob Golden Hallelujah World Album tracks Guitar/Vox Rough Trade
Nina Nesbitt Stay Out Album Track/Single Contributing Writer Session


  • "Summer Jets" (2004) – 159 (UK)[4]


  1. ^ "Run – Writers". ASCAP. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Commins, Shane (29 September 2009). "Iain Archer – To the Pine Roots". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Iain Archer/To The Pine Roots". Planet Sound. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008: A – Azzido Da Bass". zobbel.de. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 

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