ian  james  stewart 

Junk DNA

By Beej

Looking for something beyond the same old formulaic pop-rock that we're expected to swallow by mainstream music media, whose only interest is their profit, it can be difficult to find the true musical gems that are out there.

Sadly, more often than not, the best music is barely publicised and easily overlooked.. It's only by word of mouth that we get to hear that albums like Junk DNA even exist.

Thankfully I did hear, and now I hope that you will too.

This is the kind of album that you listen to once and think 'wow, that was cool!', but then you listen to it again and again and each time it gets cooler!

This music is difficult to pigeon-hole in a category. It's definitely 'rock', but an intelligent, original, thought-provoking rock. This isn't the normal regurgitation of guitar solos and three-chord tricks, this is quality musicianship!

The songs on Junk DNA are all excellent, with great lyrics, fabulous melodies and arrangements and amazing playing. I'm glad I found it!


A word or two on Junk DNA from Robert Wyatt..

I well remember father Brian Eno's warning dictum concerning unhelpfully decorative clutter:

"every object obscures another".

And here's what is so refreshing about what Ian James Stewart does. there's everything you need and nothing you don't.

Ian's music has a hypnotic elegance. A magical touch - almost translucent at times - but with a warm pulse that really drives the music along with an organically focussed momentum.

Rock music for grownups.


Ian was born in a small Scottish farmhouse, to the sound of his father's accordion. Started playing guitar in the mid-sixties, strumming along to his dad's records - Hank Williams and Johnny Cash as well as the popular music of the day.

Ian's sister Linda played piano, brother Billy played violin, and later his younger brother David took up bass guitar.

Ian started playing in their dad's band. A mix of scottish and country music. Next he found himself in a Glasgow band "the James Boys", playing material by such as Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Stevie Wonder.

After six months with them in Spain, Ian returned home to work on his own songs.

He managed to get hold of an old reel-to-reel tape recorder, bouncing ideas back and forth until he felt he'd got enough possibilities down to write and record his own music in own way.

after recording and touring with many of the best, Ian's really earned this.

Ian James Stewart's music has something to say, and does so in a way I find totally authentic.


robert Y@.

Thank you Robert..!