Your next big hit could come from the birthplace of many of the Beatles’ most beloved songs. Paul McCartney’s childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool – where he and John Lennon wrote ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Love Me Do’ and many other Fab Four staples – has been opened as a as a writing and performance studio for unsigned artists, the National Trust announcement today.
Dubbed ‘The Forthlin Sessions’, the initiative allows up-and-coming musicians to ‘visit, write and perform at 20 Forthlin Road, seated in the same places where around 30 of the world’s most famous songs, including ‘Love Me Do’, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Hold Me Tight”, “I’ll Follow The Sun”, and “When I’m 64” were written and rehearsed. It’s also where McCartney engineered the first song he ever wrote, “I Lost My Little Girl.”
McCartney’s brother Mike and journalist Pete Paphides will consult with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts to decide which artists will perform at the Forthlin Sessions, and the opportunity is open to any unsigned, UK-based musician aged 18 or over. at least 18 years old. Sessions will be recorded and shared publicly, allowing selected talent to “reach new, potentially global audiences.”
But as well as being dubbed “the birthplace of the Beatles”, 20 Forthlin also acts as a symbol of perseverance: the McCartneys moved into the humble home in 1955 and Mary McCartney died a year later. His sons, Paul and Mike, were raised alone by their father Jim, who encouraged the boys to use music to ease their grief.
McCartney continues to use his platform to talk about issues he deems important. Last month, he called on Starbucks to lower the price of plant-based milks for US customers and also paid tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.