Hailed by the original Beatles promoter as ‘THE BEST ON THE SCENE’, “The McCartney Years” is a period-true, technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings.
The performance includes hits like “Hey Jude”, “Jet”, “Let It Be”, “Band On The Run”, “The Long And Winding Road”, “Live And Let Die”, “Lady Madonna” and more. It also includes some of the deep cuts that McCartney wrote during the 1960s and 1970s. All are performed to their original arrangements by a band that has entertained audiences worldwide and even has a personal accolade from former Wings Guitarist Denny Laine.
Guaranteed that you will jump out of your seat to clap, sing and dance to the music by one of the most prolific artists of all time in this authentic, timeless live concert experience!
Yuri George J. Pool as “Paul McCartney”
Lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano
Lead singer and performer Yuri Pool began his epic musical journey as a little boy in Holland, listening to his dad’s treasured Beatles and Wings records and subsequently requesting a guitar for his 11th birthday. Completely self‐taught, Yuri made his professional musical debut in the UK, when he was cast in a major theatrical Beatles music production that toured the world, which allowed him to learn, experience, and perfect the nuances of Paul McCartney’s legendary music and performance style. After migrating to Canada in 2007, Yuri embarked as an entrepreneur – he single‐handedly developed The McCartney Years into a period‐true, technically stunning, and sonically explosive production. Whether he’s playing the iconic 1960’s Höfner bass or emulating the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid‐70s tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul’s vocal stylings and presentation showcased in tracks like ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Let it Be’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’ and ‘Jet’. His commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience and his tireless, passionate work creating and expanding TMY has received accolades from Wings guitarist, Denny Laine, and was famously praised by Beatles promoter, Sid Bernstein, as “the best on the scene today…” Yuri continues to dedicate all his work and time solely to TMY – meticulously studying the detailed essence of Paul’s legacy and the journey that resulted in the brilliance of Rockshow, which has set a new and undeniable precedence for all the other tribute‐and‐beyond bands of today.
Jennifer Pool as “Linda McCartney”
Backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
Jennifer Pool, off‐stage and on‐stage wife to lead singer, Yuri Pool, was born and raised on a horse farm in Michigan, where she helped raise and ride competitive show‐jumping and dressage horses. The family farm currently serves as a rescue haven for abandoned and abused animals, including a zebra! Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in 2009, and after a brief stint wrangling cattle in the mountains of Montana and acting and modeling in California, she began her PhD in global health at Walden University while simultaneously teaching at a small school in the Kangemi Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. When Jennifer returned to Michigan, she wrote and published two children’s books, which help fund the slum school. Jennifer met Yuri, and his sweet 7 year old son, Julian, in Canada in the spring of 2015, and the three of them were married the following year at an intimate ceremony in the mountains of Montana. Leaning heavily on her theatrical background and the musical guidance of the entire band, Jennifer joined The McCartney Years as Linda early this year. Yuri and Jennifer have a dog named “Mac” who was born on Paul McCartney’s birthday, Jennifer shares her birthday with Linda McCartney, and Jennifer and Yuri are expecting a baby girl in late August on the same day Paul and Linda welcomed their first child together. Some call that “next‐level” commitment!
David Usselman as “Denny Laine”
Backing vocals, bass, guitar
During his teen years, David explored many different styles of music and expanded his instrumental palette. Realizing it would enable him to connive his way into more bands, he picked up bass guitar and began singing outside of the safety of his shower. In pursuit of his broad appreciation and understanding of music, David graduated from Fanshawe College’s Radio Broadcasting program in 2008 in London, Ontario, Canada, and its Music Industry Arts program in 2010. Both times he managed to accrue Academic Honours, as well as awards for Best Producer, and Best Performance. David currently teaches students how to turn their amps up to 11 at Walter’s Music School in London, Ontario. He also writes, records and performs his own original music, having shared the stage with acts such as ‘A Friend In London’, ‘Teenage Kicks’, and ‘Sarah Smith’.
Braden DeCooman as “Jimmy McCullough”
Backing vocals, guitar, percussion
Norwich, Ontario, Canada‐native Braden DeCooman started playing guitar in 1999 when he received an antique guitar as a gift. After learning songs by ear from the radio, he enrolled in lessons to perfect the basics of the instrument for about a year, but Braden soon learned he preferred learning and playing by ear. Ironically, his inability to comprehend standard written music forced his high school music teacher to issue a failing mark in grade 11. Braden’s love of music prevailed, however, and he jammed with classmates after school in the high school music room, where he co‐founded the rock band ‘The Red Party Pirates’. After winning their first battle of the bands, Braden began to compose music for and with the band on a regular basis, and the band gained quite a local following. Over the years the band welcomed the opportunity to open for major acts, such as The Joys, April Wine, Grady, My Darkest Days and Sloan. In January of 2010, the band recorded and released their debut album entitled ‘With a Bang’. The McCartney Years are thrilled to have him now – he is also by far the most stylish member of the band.
Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Evan completed his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music diploma in 2009, and was awarded the highest mark in the region. He has also completed an ARCT in Piano Performance. In 2006 Evan attended the B.C. provincial piano competition where he placed runner‐up in the junior category, and in 2007, he was chosen to compete in a bracket older than his own and achieved runner‐up in the Canadian Music category. Evan was also awarded Most Promising Performer in regional competition from the Kelowna Kiwanis Music festival, which spanned all entries of performance including all instrumentalists, dancers, singers, and more. Upon graduating from high school, Evan accepted the Daria Telizyn entrance scholarship for exemplary performance talent and promise, awarded to him by Western University in London, Ontario. At Western University, Evan won the faculty of music’s composition competition in the popular‐music category and Western’s Battle of the Bands. Under the tutelage of Gwen Beamish, Evan graduated with Distinction from the Bachelor of Music Honours Theory and Composition degree program. He has also attended masterclasses at the Adamant Music School in Vermont hosted by Canadian pianist André Laplante. In 2015, Evan was awarded runner‐up in the ORMTA Young Artist Competition which included all musical disciplines in Ontario. As a singer‐songwriter under the name “Van Ber”. Evan frequently performs, records, writes and arranges for film and various ensemble. He is also an avid reader and played (no pun intended) a big part in helping Jennifer Pool learn and perfect the keyboard parts for Linda.
Dean McKey as “Joe English”
Dean – originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada – began performing and writing music early in life, while learning to play drums to accompany his musical brother and father in their band. These passions eventually led him to the Music Industry Arts program at London, Canada’s Fanshawe College. In 2010, he graduated on the President’s Honour Roll, receiving the Best Audio in Video award as well as the CARAS MusiCounts Scholarship. Shortly after, he began playing drums for the Juno‐nominated band Neverending White Lights. With this band, Dean has shared stages with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including: Sloan, The Trews, Colin James, Treble Charger, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Mat Joly (Mobile), and Todd Clark (Pilate). In addition, with Neverending White Lights, Dean has performed live on Much Music, had a #1 music video, and won a Much Music Video Award (Best Independent Video in 2011). His drumming can also be heard on releases by acts including Bed of Stars, David Usselman, and Jessica Allossery.