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. The tracks were chosen and issued by Kev Rolfe at ace Manchester 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels (Adult Books, Tiny Vipers) and Rolfe says... "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 and a hint of Gram Parsons and other dreamy heartbreakers... He's going to be massive. Get this now or regret it!"