Tom Settle & Friends ‘Old Wakes’ 2LP/3LP

by Golden Lab Records

2LP gatefold edition LTD TO 200 COPIES on 180g vinyl housed in super heavyweight casebound, UV coated sleeves – £24.99 + shipping (£5 UK, £8 Europe, £11 US/Canada, £14 r.o.w.)

3LP gatefold edition on 180g vinyl, inc. bonus disc (on 140g vinyl), LTD TO 100 COPIES housed in super heavyweight casebound, UV coated sleeves – £31.99 + shipping (£6 UK, £9 Europe, £12 US/Canada, £15 r.o.w.)

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Tom Settle is one of those guys that everyone likes when they meet him. A gentle soul with a sharp, understated wit and endless good humour. And, above all, humble. It comes across not only in the way he plays and writes music, but in the way he eschews acknowledgment for doing so. He’s played in the wonderful Serfs with Jon Collin on and off for over ten years, as well as Beach Fuzz, Former Bullies, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura and Dinner Party. He’s even released a couple of tapes under his own name that no one really got to hear as they were put out in such small numbers, which is a shame (not least because his cover of the Dead’s “Dire Wolf” was enough to melt your cold heart). He’s not only one of Manchester’s finest guitar players but, Golden Lab thinks, one of the most intuitive and evocative in the world today. This 2LP (with a limited 100-copy run including a bonus third LP of entirely different and equally amazing material) featuring guests including Jon Collin, Nick Mitchell (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura), Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep) and more, is a stunning example of his creative prowess and features a host of original compositions and improvisations as well as a handful of lesser known covers and traditionals, including some hitherto ignored-by-the-underground Lancashire folk music. It’s far and away the most accomplished (if roughly recorded) psychedelic folk record to have been made in Britain in the last 40 years as far as GLR is concerned. Sitar, guitar, drums, bells, penny whistles, recorders and more gorgeously rough vocal harmonies than you can shake a stick at. We who call ourselves his friends haven’t stopped crying since we started listening to it. Time ya got up to speed with what’s going on with Lancashire’s mellowest lad. Don’t hang about.


Track list


1a. Morning

2a. Garden Music

3a. Jolie Blon

4a. Snakeshead Fritillary

5a. Song for Two Guitars

6b. Anglesea Avenue

7b. United Stringdom

8b. Zorro

9b. Babe it ain’t no lie

10c. Sow ’em on the Mountain

11c. Gathering

12c. Stairs Dream

13c. Surprise to see me

14d. New Lancashire Hornpipe

15d. Old Wakes

16d. Magnet Rag

17d. Daisy, Daisy (a bicycle made for two)

Bonus disc (first 100 copies only)



1a. Hello Stranger

2a. As Long as I Live

3a. The Children are Cryin’

4a. The Dallas Rag

5b. Toy Heart

6b. Brunswick Road

7b. ‘…’

8b. Brunswick Stomp

9b. Hawkins Rag