Iain Archer

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Iain Archer
Birth nameIain Denis Archer
BornBangor, Northern Ireland
GenresRock, folk, indie
Years active1995–present
LabelsSticky Music, Bright Star, Play It Again Sam

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 two-time Ivor Novello Award winner winning the 2004 Album Award – Final Straw by Snow Patrol and ‘Most Performed Work’ in 2016 `Hold Back the River' which he co-wrote with acclaimed artist James Bay. Additionally Archer was 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 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 of Southern California.

Archer is married to singer Miriam Kaufmann.[2][3]


  • "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. Archived from the original on 10 November 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008: A – Azzido Da Bass". zobbel.de. Retrieved 25 October 2009.

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