Robert Plant covers Elbow’s ‘The Blanket Of Night’ for refugee benefit compilation

Kindness and Scroobius Pip also lay down tracks for 'The Long Road'

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has recorded a cover of Elbow‘s ‘The Blanket Of Night’ for an album aimed at helping the refugee crisis in Europe.

The singer has teamed up with the British Red Cross for the project which is being produced by Ethan Johns, who has worked with Kings Of Leon. Other artists who feature on the compilation album ‘The Long Road’ include Tinariwen, spoken word artist Scroobius Pip, Kindness and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.

Many of the musicians featured on the release worked with refugees via the British Red Cross. You can watch a trailer for the record below.

Speaking about the crisis Plant told British Red Cross: “We have a worldwide international catastrophe – talking about it is one thing, doing something about it is another. The position we are in, it’s paramount we all do our best one way or another to help.”

‘The Blanket Of Night’ featured on Elbow’s 2014 record ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’. Its lyrics concern a refugee couple unsure of their future as they travel by boat: The ocean that bears us from our home / Could save us or take us for its own / The danger that life should lead us here / My angel, could I have steered us clear?

“I wanted to get involved because it’s a story worth telling,” Johns said. “The idea is to educate people a little more about what people go through, to put their stories in some kind of context. They’re not just bodies getting off a boat”.

‘The Long Road’ is set for release on March 4, 2016.