The Scottish musician has revealed his wife Marisa was concerned about the crisis facing those who have fled to Europe from the war-torn Middle East, and she encouraged him to take action following the publication of pictures which showed a dead child on a beach in Turkey.

The Boy With The Arab Strap singer then spoke to the Save The Children charity about organising a concert to raise funds to help young refugees.

"When they found the body of the wee (small) boy that seemed to spark a compassion in people that had maybe been missing before that," Stuart tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper.

"My wife was really upset and I was being a bit stern with her saying there was no point in getting sentimental... We have a wee boy of two and so often Marisa will be affected by the news and I say that sometimes you have to take care of yourself rather than worry about problems of the world that you can't do anything about.

"She asked me why we didn't do something and the next day I decided to call Save The Children who seemed to be the one charity taking a stand in this issue. They were pleased to hear from me and said it was good timing and that they would love for us to do something together."

The concert, which also features Scottish rockers Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds, Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai as well as Belle & Sebastian, will be staged at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday (02Nov15).

All the profits from the concert will go to Save the Children's Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.