Raw and Refined

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about

I've been a member of Southampton Ukulele Jam for nearly four years. I'd previously been a (very poor) guitar player, but hadn't played for quite a while. But the slightly anarchic and communal spirit of SUJ reignited a hunger in me to play music, however rough and ready it might be.

Fast-forward a few years, and in October 2016 SUJ had just decided it was going to get a documentary made about the group, funded as a Kickstarter, and using the talents of the lovely Amy Lupin. After one of our fortnightly Jams, Colin McAllister (founder and leader of SUJ) took me aside and asked if I fancied creating some original music to be included in the documentary. Something to do with copyright issues with using the cover material that the group usually does. Well, I hadn't been expecting that, BUT it had been in the back of my mind for a while that I fancied having a go at creating some music of my own. So undaunted by having absolutely zero experience in these things, the opportunity seemed too good to pass on, and so I said yes.

Little did I know at the time where it would end up. What has now come to constitute something vaguely resembling a full-length album is this little collection of original music. I fully accept that it's a bit rough and ready (some more than others, some deliberately so - honest!), and I really don't know whether anybody other than myself will be interested. At the point of writing (January 2017) the documentary is still in the editing stage, so I haven't a clue how much of this will make the cut (although early versions did turn up in the Kickstarter promo file and the trailer).

[NOTE : The documentary will premiere on 4th May 2017]

But that doesn't really matter. The point is I've really enjoyed the process, learned a lot on the way, and may have got a bit of a bug. Enjoy!

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released January 26, 2017

All songs written by Ian James

All instruments (primarily ukulele and bass, occasional keyboards and other sounds, plus beats), recording and mixing by Ian James

Recorded between October 2016 and January 2017

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Tiny Dynamite is the musical outlet for Ian James, ukulelist and music obsessive.

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