Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool, where he and John Lennon began their songwriting partnership, will be opened to unsigned musicians to write and perform there.
The National Trust, which owns the building, announced the Forthlin Sessions initiative on Tuesday April 5th. It is intended to honor McCartney’s 80th birthday and encourage “creativity” for emerging artists.
Those chosen by the Trust and McCartney’s brother Mike are invited to use the home and write music where the Beatles began. They will be performing at 20 Forthlin Road on June 17th, the day before McCartney’s birthday.
“For me, this house is a house of hope. And I hope it’s going to be for the young people that are coming through the doors,” Mike said to Mike Sky news.
“I was in the other room learning to take photos, but while I was doing all of that, I could hear guitar sounds coming from that room. Inside were two of the greatest songwriters in the world, McCartney and Lennon. They rehearsed from a textbook on the floor, that’s why this house is so unique.”
Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust, said in a statement: “It is a joy to look after the Beatles’ childhood homes… Our places need not be stuck in time; They are here to spark creativity, dreams and new ideas.”
McCartney and Lennon wrote many of their hits at the Liverpool address, including “Love Me Do”, “When I’m 64” and “I Saw Her Standing There”.
Unsigned UK resident music artists aged 18+ can apply on the National Trust website.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/paul-mccartney-home-childhood-studio-b2051456.html Paul McCartney’s childhood home is made available for unsigned musicians