has had a strong musical background from the age of three when he had his
first piano lesson. His interest developed at secondary school where he
formed several bands and began songwriting.
After school Iain studied at the City of Leeds College of Music for two years. It was here that he explored Baroque, Classical and Jazz harmony and received the Director's award for General Musicianship.
He sang in the Leeds Chamber Choir, Leeds Choral Society and played trombone for various orchestras, concert, brass and big bands. Iain achieved a distinction at grade 8 theory and electro-acoustics at Huddersfield University. He studied contemporary harmony, arranging and conducting techniques whilst he was there, before doing a PGCE at the University College of Ripon and York St John.
Throughout this time he played keyboards extensively and wrote for numerous bands. Iain is now a full time lecturer in Popular Music at Hull College.
Iain came to play for Mostly Autumn in 1997 when he stood in temporarily, and has been with them ever since. On the first album "For all we shared." Iain co-wrote "Porcupine Rain" with Bryan and Heather, also helping with the arrangement of "Folklore" and "Boundless Ocean".
Then on the second album "The Spirit of Autumn Past" he wrote "The Gap is too Wide" in memory of his mother who died of cancer in February 1999. This piece of music features his mother's choir, Troy Donockly on pipes and Marissa Claughn on cello. Iain also wrote Part I of The Spirit of Autumn Past", an instrumental piece which stimulated Bryan into writing the album title track, and he also co-wrote "Please" with Bryan.