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Musicians offered chance to write music in Paul McCartney’s childhood home

By | Published on Wednesday 6 April 2022

Paul McCartney

Do you think your songwriting would be more impactful if only you could do that songwriting in the very same spot as the young Paul McCartney and John Lennon? Well, we can now put that to the test. Or at least, a select group of early career artists will be able to put that to the test.

McCartney and the National Trust – the latter owning the former’s childhood home in Liverpool – have announced The Forthlin Sessions, which will allow a number of musicians to do some music-making in that very property at 20 Forthlin Road.

The project is also being supported by McCartney’s brother Mike who has spoken to Sky News about his memories of growing up on Forthlin Road. Interviewed in the parlour of his childhood home, he said: “I would be in the other room learning photography, but whilst I’m doing all that I could hear guitar noises coming from this room”.

Those guitar noises were being made by “what turned out to be two of the world’s greatest songwriters, McCartney and Lennon. They were rehearsing from a school book on the floor, that’s why this house is so unique”.

On the scheme to allow other musicians to make music in the property, he added: “I think it’s a brilliant idea. Inviting young people to this house and giving them the opportunity of doing the same as us, coming from nothing and seeing where it takes them … this house to me, is a house of hope. And I hope it will be for the young people that come through the doors”.