In The Round | IAIN ARCHER | with Captain Cameron

Saturday 7th May 2011 | 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Bangor Parish Church | £10



Support from Captain Cameron, Southern, Peter McVeigh (Eskimo Falls) and Ria Maguire.

His early years were spent in Northern Ireland, living on the shores of the Irish Sea. His most recent sojourns have been to Germany’s Blackforest to create his new album ‘To The Pine Roots’. Now based in London, it would appear that a sense of place is a thing that matters to Iain Archer and the music he creates. It can be heard throughout his work. The geography of ‘Frozen Northern Shores’ or ‘Luke’s Point’, the imaginings of ‘Black Mountain Quarry’, or live favourite ‘Holywood Seapark’. And each new piece of work reveals a fresh sonic landscape.

This is no more clear than on Archer’s latest album ‘To The Pine Roots’ which was conceived and recorded in a cottage in the Scharzwald in southwest Germany. A place of family connection, he found it the ideal escape from London’s churning industry, and somewhere that drew very special songs from him. His family make beautiful appearances on the album with brothers, sisters, parents, partners all singing at the key moments. ‘To The Pine Roots’ might be seen as a return to his own roots – back to the stripped down sound of his earliest records, but with a new clarity, some new sensibility.

Archer began his career with a move from Belfast to Glasgow in the mid 90′s where he made two albums with Sticky Records, an Ayrshire based indie label. These early works led to him being invited to tour as support act to John Martyn, where he formed a friendship with the legend and accompanied him on vocals. He toured relentlessly and became known for his solo performances with stirring vocals and guitar work. Radio and press picked up keenly on the releases.

In January 2010 Iain travelled to Portland, Oregon to join in the making of debut album ‘The Place We Ran From’ by Tired Pony. Tired Pony is made up of Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol fame, Richard Colburn – drummer for the legendary Belle and Sebastian, REM’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart, Iain Archer and renowned producer Jacknife Lee. It also features appearances from M Ward and Zooey Dechanel and Tom Smith of Editors. ‘The Place We Ran From’ was released in the UK in July 2010.

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