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Scaffold’s Mike McCartney backs Clatterbridge – and invites listeners to hear McGear
June 22, 2019
Eight years ago, Radio Clatterbridge invited musician Mike McCartney to launch our new service broadcasting on AM (medium wave).Now the Scaffold singer and Clatterbridge supporter has repaid the favour by inviting us to the release of his remastered album, self-titled as his stage name McGear.
Originally released in 1974, it was Mike’s second solo album and produced by his brother Sir Paul McCartney.
The Beatle also played on the album and co-wrote most of the material with Mike. It featured Linda McCartney and members of Wings, along with guests such as Paddy “Pipes” Moloney from The Chieftains.
Presenter Steve Evans went along to the launch at LIPA, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which Sir Paul co-founded in his former school.
He asked Mike what his response was when he was approached to re-release the album.
“I said why? It’s 45 years old. They said they want to repackage it properly!” – Mike McCartney
The expanded three-disc clamshell box set edition of the album features two CDs and a DVD and includes 21 bonus tracks, including 13 previously unreleased out-takes.
Mike also launched a new animation of Weirdos, whose surreal characters Blob and Beaky featured on The Scaffold’s first single cover.
He’s been working with award-winning animator Peter Miller to bring them to life.
“I was a bit hesitant when he asked me. But it was interesting. He felt more like a teacher than someone who wanted a piece of animation done!” – Peter Miller
Merseybeat musician Billy Kinsley, who worked on the album with Mike, made a brief return to the Radio Clatterbridge airwaves during the interview.
In a fascinating conversation, Mike explained what it was like to work with his brother and Jimi Hendrix and what Heswall-born broadcaster John Peel said to him when he first heard Lily The Pink.
He also revealed that Elton John had been a backing singer on a number of Scaffold tracks before shooting to fame in his own right.