Page Archived: 2013 Boomtown Stage

1 pm Blakey Irish Dance


The Blakey School of Irish Dance offers lessons and performances across Western Canada.  The school fosters traditional Irish Dance technique, fused with modern culture.  

Blakey students are highly successful in competition and performance, with dancers in the top 3 at North American Championships, Great Britain Championships, and in the top 3 at the World Championships.  Dancers compete regularly at Regional Feiseanna and a recital is held at the end of each dance season.  Dancers may also dance recreationally, however the competition syllabus is taught to all dancers in all classes. 

 Blakey dancers have appeared in concert with the Chieftains, Eileen Ivers, Natalie McMaster, The Rankins and have performed at major festivals and fundraisers.  Visit the Blakey Irish Dance website:

2 pm James & Desiree Steele

James Steele is a 22 year old fiddler from Saskatoon. He has been performing on the fiddle for twelve years, and performs throughout the city and province. He is the 2012 Saskatchewan Provincial Fiddle Champion, and a three time Grand North American Fiddle Champion. When not fiddling, James is in his second year of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

Desirée Steele, on piano, is currently studying at the University of Saskatchewan. Desirée has played piano in various settings for 12 years and has completed Grade Eight from the Royal Conservatory of Music with First Class Honors. She has many fond memories of the Heritage Festival of Saskatoon and is happy to be playing music with her brother James this year!

3 pm Cash Back: Tribute to Johnny Cash

 In the spring of 1955 Johnny Cash walked into the legendary Sun Recording Studio in Memphis Tennessee.  The music world was never the same!

Cash Back performs the music of one of the world’s greatest music icons through authentic versions of songs that made him legendary, ranging from the fifties to the ninety’s. Our show consists of songs and stories(including Gospel) of Johnny Cash and of some of the people that were closely associated with him throughout his life and career such as June Carter Cash, The Carter Family, The Tennessee Three, Carl Perkins, “Cowboy”Jack Clement and Sam Phillips to name a few.  Cash Back respectfully and lovingly reference the late, great Man In Black’s early Columbia and Sun Records sound.  They try to keep the Cash sound as authentic as possible while adding their own flavor to the mix.  Cash Back draws from a large repertoire of songs either written and/or performed by Cash, including the June Carter Cash duets.  Cash Back also pays tribute to the Carter Family whose music was so influential and who became an integral part of Johnny Cash’s life.

Members of Cash Back have been playing music in the amateur/semi-pro field for many years.  After taking several years off from playing they decided that they wanted to start playing again but this time they wanted to do something different.  Johnny Cash music had always been a part of their repertoire and actually was Dave’s biggest influence in music in the sixties when he was learning to play.  Doing a Johnny Cash tribute seemed like the perfect fit, so in 2004 they took their tribute show on the road.  It is met with great enthusiasm and has received many accolades along the way. The Tribute Show that Cash Back delivers appeals to anyone from 9 to 90 and showcases the group’s reverent and genuine love of Johnny Cash’s music.

Member of Cash Back include:
–   Dave Norman – Lead Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar
–   Debbie Norman – Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
–   Dave Wickett – Drums, Percussion

Visit Cash Back website:

4 pm Caribbean Steel Band

The Saskatoon Caribbean Steel Band was formed in December of 2004, after purchasing a set of drums from Regina’s ‘Caribe Steel Orchestra’.  Seven youth soon discovered their eagerness to learn how to play these unique instruments, and the orchestra grew to 17.

With instruction from Hugh Pingue, the band has delighted audiences in Saskatoon and area for over 8 years.  The band entertains more than 30,000 people during Folkfest every August, and are frequently asked to participate in various community and corporate events, schools, fundraisers and conferences.

After many requests, they recorded their first CD, “Coming Together” in 2011.  We hope you enjoy the music!

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