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Iain James Armour, also known as Fox Amoore, is a Scottish pianist and composer. He has released over 30 albums, two of which were recorded at Abbey Road Studios[1] and one at Ocean Way Recording[2]. He has toured globally, performing in historic venues such as The Cavern Club[3]The Cavern Club, Liverpool and Lee's Palace, Toronto[4][5] In addition to performing and recording albums, he has composed and recorded music for video game soundtracks, including working with SuperVillain Studios for their production of Order Up! for Nintendo wii[6]. When asked why he chose this career path, he replied with "Music just has a good emotional impact. It’s like a language to me, a form of expression."

Iain James Armour
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NationalityScottish
Other namesFox Amoore
CitizenshipScotland
Alma mater
  • University of the Highlands
  • Perth College
Occupation
  • Pianist
  • Composer
Years active1998 - Present
StyleOrchestral
Websitewww.foxamoore.com

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Early Life

When Armour was four years old, he discovered a love for playing the piano. He had discovered the piano at that young age at his Great-Grandmother’s house and inherited the piano a few years later. Firstly, being self-taught, then taking private lessons.

During his time at St Columba's Roman Catholic High School, Dunfermline, he excelled at Music and was later advised to switch from Piano to Keyboard instrument.

He continued his education in music studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received an award for highest honours. In 2006, Armour obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music Performance at University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College UHI.

He credits his parents and family for their never-ending support throughout the years helping him reach his goals.

Career

Armour started playing professionally at the age of fourteen at the Craws Nest Hotel[7] in Anstruther, Scotland. The rest of the resident band were all in their mid-50’s when he joined and had been together for many years. For six years he was an integral part of the band there, performing multiple times each week.

Armour was the resident pianist at, the world renowned, Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland for a few years before he began touring throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. He was also the entertainment director and resident cocktail pianist for the Queen's Hotel, Bridge of Allan, Scotland. He first began touring in Europe with The Getback Band[8] (a Paul McCartney, The Beatles). He currently performs with McDonald's Farm[9][10] in the UK and with Foxes and Peppers[11] globally. He has been an active performer during International Beatle Week in Liverpool and has helped to raise thousands of dollars for charitable organizations in the United States and other countries.

Musicianship

Throughout his career in playing and composing music he has frequently referred to his inspirations as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, and James Horner.His strength is taking a concept and exploring it to bring it to life. He uses a lot of dramatic orchestration yet filled with gentle moments that expand the mind. He demonstrated this with the two albums that he recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London by utilising firstly The English Chamber Orchestra[12] and latterly, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.One of his sayings in ‘Don’t Listen……. Feel’. He actually included these words on the front cover of his 2007 Album ‘The Ballad of Midnight’ and named his 2011 Album ‘Feel’. His work is to try to take you to a different place and time.

Discography

Discography
Title Year Artists
Albums
The Spirit of the Wolf 2004 Self
The Ballad of Midnight 2007 Self
Masked 2009 Self
Fly 2010 Self
Feel 2011 Self
The FA Collection Vol 1 2011 Self
The FA Collection Vol 2 2011 Self
The Secret World 2012 Self
Whenever I Read 2012 Self
The FA Collection Vol 3 2012 Self
The FA Collection 4 2013 Self
The FA Collection 5 2013 Self
Come Find Me 2014 Self; featuring: Alexander James Adams[13], Nicola Kinsman, Travis Ratledge[14], Amadhia Albee, Neil Humphrey[15], Simon Rhodes[16], English Chamber Orchestra[17],
We Will Be 2015 Self; featuring: Ned Wilkinson, Ashley Serena[18], Nicola Kinsman, Travis Ratledge
The FA Collection 6 2015 Self
The FA Collection 7 2015 Self
The Dreamcatcher 2017 Self; featuring: , Tim Russ[19], Jared Clark, Nicola Kinsman, Ned Wilkinson[20], Joe Bisbey, Neil Humphrey[15], Simon Rhodes[21][22]. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Opus 32 Choir Eclipse Choir[23]
Canis Major 2017 Self
Soundtracks
Bitter Lake[24] 2011 Self
Bitter Lake Legends of Valanor 2012 Self, featuring: Nicola Kinsman, Ashley Serena
End Tide 2013 Self
Keepers of the Light[25] 2016 Self, featuring: Travis Ratledge, Jared Clark, Joe Jones
Goldeneyes 2016 Self
The Skies of Astar 2017 Self
Juno Rising 2018 Self
Demon Hunterz 2019 R2C3
Collaborations
Fire Killer (With Travis Ratledge) 2012 Self, Travis Ratledge
Foxes and Peppers:
Hashtag[26] (with Jared Clark) 2016 Self, Jared Clark, featuring: Nicola Kinsman, Ned Wilkinson, Arthur Rossi
One Weekend: A Musical tail (with Jared Clark) 2018 Self, Jared Clark, featuring: Nicole Kinsman, Ned Wilkinson, Shadowolfen, Omnom, Edward Wynton, Bryan Massey
Spread Thy Wings (with Jared Clark) 2018 Self, Jared Clark, featuring: Mark Wakeham, Ned Wilkinson, Alice Kane Wolf, Tonya Song.
The Fandom 2020 Self, Jared Clark
Singles
Someone Like You[27]

(Adele Cover)

2011 Self, Travis Ratledge
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover) 2012 Self, Travis Ratledge, Jenny Lane
Ron Ron Forever More[28] 2015 Self, Nicola Kinsman
Caipirinha (You know I need ya) 2020 Self, Jared Clark

Game Soundtracks

Game Soundtracks
Name Year Platform
Order Up! 2008 Nintendo Wii
Soul Locus[29] 2015 Steam
Major\Minor[30] 2016 Steam
Lupinball 2017 Steam
Unlucky Seven[31] 2018 Steam

Upcoming Projects

Armour is currently working on a couple of Musical shows and looking to record a fourth studio album later in 2021.

Touring

Armour has performed worldwide with many of the artists he has recorded with. He has also performed during Beatle Week in Liverpool with Mark Hudson[32], Micky Dolenz[33], Laurence Juber[34], and Steve Holley.[35] He joined the Paul McCartney / Beatles Tribute band ‘The Getback Band’ just before his 21st birthday and spent this special event performing in The Cavern Club and Britannia Adelphi Ballroom during International Beatle Week in Liverpool in 2005. He later joined McDonalds Farm (formerly Tripper) as their keyboard player. The only band to have performed at International Beatle Week every year since it was first launched in 1998. Armour has toured Europe with The Getback Band and with McDonalds Farm as well as a US tour with McDonalds Farm.

Venues

Game Venues
Venue Location Dates
United States of America
David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA[36] 2013–2019
SeaTac Hilton Seattle, WA 2013, 2015
Intercontinental Dallas Addison, TX 2014–2019
Doubletree by Hilton at Seaworld Orlando Orlando, FL 2015–2018
Dulles Regency Hyatt Herndon, VA 2015–2017
Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV 2015–2018
Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL 2015–2018
San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA 2015–2018
Marriott Marquis Atlanta Atlanta, GA 2016
Sheraton Detroit Novi Novi, MI 2016–2018
Edward Hotel and Convention Center Dearborn, MI 2017
Indianapolis Marriott East Indianapolis, IN 2017
Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center Olive Branch, MS 2017–2019
Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, WI 2017
Radisson Hotel Cromwell Cromwell, CT 2017
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Detroit, MI 2017–2018
Renaissance Seattle Seattle, WA 2017–2018
Scottsdale Resort Scottsdale, AZ 2017
Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Brookfield, WI 2017–2019
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel Portland, OR 2017
Caribe Royale Orlando, FL 2019
United Kingdom
Carnegie Hall Dunfermline, Scotland 2005
Albert Hall London, UK 2011
Birmingham Hilton Metropole Birmingham, UK 2015
Cavern Club[37] Liverpool, UK 2005–2016, 2018, 2019
St George's Hall, Liverpool Liverpool, UK 2016
Adelphi Ballroom Liverpool, UK 2005–2016
Other International Locations
Estrel Hotel Berlin, Germany 2012–2019
Bayview Hotel Singapore 2013
Outrigger Hotel Queensland, Australia 2013–2014, 2019
Sofievsky Posad Kiev, Ukraine 2016
Lee's Palace Toronto, ON, Canada 2017–2018
Mercure Santos Hotel Santos, Brazil 2018-2019
Oasia Hotel Novena Singapore 2019
Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 2019

Orchestral Work

Come Find Me Armour's first recording at Abbey Road Studios became possible by a crowdfunding project. Fans gave their support to make this happen for him. Combined with artists Alexander James Adams, Nicola Kinsman, Travis Ratledge, Amadhia Albee, Neil Humphrey, and the English Chamber Orchestra, the album was recorded. Come Find Me was composed by himself and recorded and mixed by Grammy Award winner Simon Rhodes

The Dreamcatcher Armour's second recording at Abbey Road Studios was also a crowdfunding project. Fans again gave their support enabling the album to be recorded. The increased support from fans allowed this album to have the 70 piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Opus 32 Choir, and Eclipse Choir record for the album. He once again composed this album and performed on it along with fellow artists Jared Clark, Nicola Kinsman, Ned Wilkinson, Joe Bisbey, and Neil Humphrey. This album was also recorded and mixed by Grammy Award winner Simon Rhodes. The sound engineer in Prague was James Fitzpatrick. The promotional launch video was shot by EZWolf[38] on location in Scotland and Los Angeles featuring Tim Russ as a voice actor and the wolves of Project Wildsong[39]. The Dreamcatcher was released on 30 June 2017 with a live concert in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Spread Thy Wings Armour’s third studio album and second collaboration with Jared Clark as ‘Foxes and Peppers’; was recorded at Ocean Way Recording, TN. This was also a crowdfunding project. Fans once again gave their support and a funding event was launched as a band performance and video presentation in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. on 4th July 2018.The speedy and enhanced support from fans allowed this album to have the Choir and Orchestra from the Internationally acclaimed Nashville Music Scoring, record for the album. Armour co-composed this album with Jared Clark and both performed on it along with fellow artists Ned Wilkinson, Mark ‘Underbite’ Wakeham, Alexander James Adams and Tonya Song. This album was recorded and mixed by Keith ‘Oddy’ Lesinski[40]. Spread Thy Wings was released on 01 December 2018.

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