Yuri Pool performing as Paul McCartney in his tribute band, The McCartney Years.
Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band returns to Cowapolooza for the fifth time
By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The McCartney Years returns to Cowapolooza on Friday evening. (Submitted photo)
Cowapolooza is ready to take flight Friday with a headline performance by a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band.
The McCartney Years, headed up by London resident Yuri George, returns this year to Cowapolooza for the fifth time but the first in three years.
The band, who will soon be touring Europe, has been called “the best on the scene” by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein.
“It’s going to be good to be back,” said founder Yuri George on returning to Woodstock. “I think the audience that have seen us before will get a refreshing update. We have a slightly different lineup and lots more instruments, different songs and a different flow.”
George, who started the band in 2007, said he has been a McCartney fan since he was “a little kid.”
“His music is timeless,” he said. “He has so many great songs and is an amazing artist.
“The show is a healthy mix of songs the Beatles and Paul McCartney performed.”
The band, which has recently performed in Las Vegas, includes Norwich musician Braden DeCooman who plays guitar, bass and backup vocals.
“He is an amazing guitar player and a great guy,” George said.
The 16th annual Cowapolooza kicks off on Friday, August 18 with the Celtic sounds of The Mudmen from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by The McCartney Years on the TD Stage in Southside Park from 9 to 11 p.m.
For those who missed out on Colin James last year, the six-time Juno award winner returns to Cowapolooza this year on Saturday, August 19.
Last year James was unable to perform at the free event hosted by the City of Woodstock due to relentless rain, that poured down on the stage and crowd following six hours of set up time.
Singer/songwriter Tim Tyler opens for James beginning at 7 p.m.
Saturday afternoon will feature Soul Tripper, a mix of rhythm and blues and funk, as well as a set by Monik, who will sing Latin and jazz music.
Back again is the milking competition, soapbox derby, strongman/woman competition, skateboard, BMX and scooter competition, petting zoo, demonstrations and exhibits.
For updates or a complete lists of events go to www.cowapolooza.com or www.cityofwoodstock.ca.