Scaffold's Mike McCartney backs Clatterbridge - and invites listeners to hear McGear

Mike McCartney with his re-released album, McGearEight 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 McCartney with Weirdos animator Peter Miller

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.

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During the interview, Mike was sporting a name badge from his preview visit to the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool which is due to open in May 2020.

And he explained why he is committed to helping good causes associated with the Clatterbridge name.

"My mum died of breast cancer in 1956. Can you believe it's the first proper cancer hospital in Liverpool in 2019?" - Mike McCartney

The 75 year old was also saying Thank U Very Much for being named in the Queen's birthday honours.

He receives the British Empire Medal for his services to the community of Wirral, although he told us his mother-in-law says it's for being the "Best Ever McCartney".

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