ian  james  stewart 

Junk DNA

By Alison Booth (Classic Rock AOR Magazine - Nov 2013)

Ultimate relaxed AOR.

Singer with Lincoln AOR phenomenon Strangeways, Ian James Stewart demonstrates his endless talent with these 13 hypnotically relaxing songs.

This quality chilled album also features guest vocalist and musician Robert Wyatt.
Close your eyes and you'll feel like you've been transported to the blues clubs of the Deep South, the thought-provoking mellow songs infused with rock, perfectly blending with Ian's distinct vocals.
Issues like war, politics and love are covered, as well as a tribute to jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Most tracks are long, with just one under four minutes. But time is not important: songs like the title track Junk DNA, the hypnotic Phosphorus and the thoughtful If This Is Life are meant to be listened to with your feet up and a glass of whisky or wine. Brilliant.

Alison Booth

Classic Rock Magazine Review


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..!