The Settlers started out in the 60s, their first release in 1964. They were a trio for their debut album (Island ILP 947A, 1967), Mike Jones, Cindy Kent and John Fyfe, mixing Dylan with folk/bluegrass. They soon added a bass player, Geoff, who lived in the same house as Tony Hooper in Hampstead that inspired the Strawbs song "Pieces of 79 and 15". The Settlers used to perform several tracks by the Strawbs, including "Always On My Mind" and "You Keep Going Your Way".
On their largely-religious self-written first Myrrh Records LP, released by arrangement with the BBC, The Settlers covered Cousins' anthem to Luther King "Sing A New Song", Ralph McTell's "Streets of London", Lennon & McCartney's "Nowhere Man" and Tom Springfield's "Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace" and donated their royalties to the Tear Fund charity.
"World of the Settlers" was initially out as "Lightning Tree" by York Records in 1972, later reissued by Decca, with the addition of both sides of their only hit "Lightning Tree" and "Just This Side Of Nowhere" (York Records FYK505, 1971) which reached # 36 in the UK charts in October 1971. The album also contains a spoken intro to "Martin Luther King's Dream" with atmospheric fuzz electric guitar in the background.