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Junk DNA

By M. H. Cowmeadow

IJS has done it again with this release, soooo utterly listenable I cant get it out of the car CD player! In parts its almost blues AOR with a celtic twist if that makes any sense and it probably wont till one hears it. Sublime adult music that just washes one into a place of pure musical genius.

There are a lot of thought provoking lyrics here as well, I'll leave you to make your own minds up about that suffice to say that I found some tracks would not be out of place dedicated to Help for Heros campaign and I don't mean in a war hero glorifying way. I think Ian has found a way of expressing what and how many ex and serving soldiers,sailors, or airmen really think and feel. Again if I could give this more stars I would, and again just dont think about just buy it.

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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.


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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.


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robert Y@.


Thank you Robert..!

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