The father renowned Canadian folk singer Bob Bossin knew while growing up in Toronto in the 1950s was a quiet, conservative booking agent. The father he subsequently discovered was Davy the Punk, a pivotal figure in Canada’s gambling business of the 30s and 40s, whose trials and tribulations with the law created precedents that affect us to this day.
“The Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk” tell of cops and gamblers, grifters and grafters, mensches and gonifs, fathers and sons. By turns, Bossin’s songs and stories of his father are intriguing, funny and poignant. “Fascinating …. amazing and sometimes hilarious”, says CBC’s Michael Enright. “A memoir of a childhood that is the stuff of dreams and movies”, says Si Kahn. “Bossin is funny, informative and inspiring at the same time”, said Pete Seeger.
Bob Bossin is the founder of the much-loved folk group Stringband, and the author of some of Canada’s favourite folk songs. Says Stuart McLean, “Only a handful of song writers have created a body of work that constitute a portrait of our country. Stan Rogers did that. So did Gordon Lightfoot. And so does Bob Bossin.”
Bob Bossin Brings his One Man Show “Davy The Punk” to Denman Festival
Don’t miss this special event with Bob Bossin bringing his songs and stories about the life of his father in the 1930’s Toronto gambling underworld, Mark your calendar for Saturday July 18, 7:30-9:30 in the Denman Community Hall. Check out the web page and video preview.