The Useful Toil EP is a retrospective collection of songs taken from the first four WELFARE EPs, available on strictly limited (250 copies only) 7" vinyl and digital download. The tracks were chosen & issued by Kev Rolfe at ace Manchester 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels (Movie Brain, Adult Books, Tiny Vipers) after he bought all the original digital EPs right here on Bandcamp!
"Pat Whelan's WELFARE is a sumptuous treat... Acoustic layers, strings, swirling hammond organ, flutes and reverbed lead guitar lines plucked from the ether... Easy to see why he's been getting a steady airing on BBC 6 Music for some time now... Think part Red House Painters 'Songs For A Blue Guitar', Chris Bell's 'I Am The Cosmos' & a hint of Gram Parsons and other dreamy heartbreakers... He's going to be massive. Get this now or regret it!"
Includes unlimited streaming of Useful Toil 7"
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Streaming + Download
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
"Absolutely beautiful" BBC 6 MUSIC's GIDEON COE
"How gorgeous is that!?" BBC RADIO WALES' JANICE LONG
"Such a beautiful record" BBC RADIO WALES' BETHAN ELFYN
"Totally transfixing" BBC RADIO WALES' ADAM WALTON
from Useful Toil 7",
released June 4, 2018
Julian Ramsay played drums, Pat Whelan played & sang everywhere else
Fiona Cruickshank at AIR, Mo Hausler at Hackney Sound Recorders & Simon Willey at Olympia
"Sadie" by Iggy B at Bella Union Studio, "I Play The Horses" by Mo Hausler at Hackney Sound Recorders, "Ice Skating" by Robbie Nelson & "I'm Getting Tired Of You Getting Tired Of Me" by Simon Willey at Olympia