Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford has shared a new cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to benefit the Grenfell Foundation and War Child UK. You can check it out below.
The singer played the cover, which is now on all streaming services, on Instagram Live while in self-isolation over coronavirus worries.
Marcus Mumford said in a statement: “Here’s a song for you, because it feels like the right time to get it out. All proceeds from this song will go to Grenfell Foundation and War Child UK. I work with both organisations, I have been in contact with them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re doing amazing work supporting vulnerable people, but it’s really hard right now.
“To find out more, or to make a donation of your own to their extraordinary work, please see the links in the video description on YouTube. I recorded this song after a conversation with my dear friend Jason Sudeikis, as I’ve been scoring his unreleased television show, Ted Lasso. For lots of reasons we wanted it just to be out in the world sooner rather than later, so here it is, with love.”
Earlier this week, radio stations across Europe and including the BBC played ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in tandem in a bid to show solidarity amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
The legendary song was played at 7.45am GMT yesterday (March 20) on BBC Radio 1’s weekend breakfast show with Matt Edmondson and Mollie King, Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show, and Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is originally a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The song is also sung at association football clubs around the world, where it is performed by a massed chorus of supporters on match day. This tradition developed at Liverpool F.C. after the chart success of the 1963 single of the song by the local Merseybeat stars Gerry And The Pacemakers.
Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Billy Eckstine, Lee Towers, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, Olivia Newton-John and Doris Day have also recorded versions of the song. Pink Floyd took a recording by the Liverpool Kop choir, and “interpolated” it into their own song, ‘Fearless’, on their 1971 album Meddle.
Marcus Mumford is the latest artist to share new material in light of the coronavirus outbreak, which is seeing millions self-isolating in their homes. Many artists have headed online to host virtual gigs for fans while much of the world is in quarantine or self-isolation.