Trailer at www.davythepunk.com
Davy the Punk is Bob Bossin’s new one-man musical about his father’s life in the gambling underworld of the 1930s – a story that is, according to CBC’s Michael Enright, “fascinating… amazing and sometimes hilarious.” Says musician and playwright Si Kahn, “It is the stuff of dreams and movies.” Davy the Punk comes to the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley on Valentine’s Day, at 2 PM.
Davy Bossin, Bob’s father, was born in 1905. Finding his way blocked by the rampant anti-semitism of the era, Davy blazed his own path in a new, vibrant, international industry – gambling. There he matched wits with cops and mobsters, grifters and grafters, crooks and judges.
Davy’s son Bob grew up to found the revered folk group Stringband, to pioneer Canadian indie music, and to write songs like Show Us the Length, Tugboats and Sulphur Passage (No pasaran) – songs Pete Seeger praised as “funny, informative and inspiring at the same time.”
Now Bossin Jr. tells Bossin Sr.’s story, in a performance that is, according to musician and author Leon Rosselson, “about fatherhood, family, immigrant life, political high life and the criminal underworld. Entertaining, illuminating and, at times, touching.”
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There will be a potluck lunch before the show. Doors open at noon.
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“I got that shiver that runs down the spine when you realize you are in on something great.” – Stephen Aberle, Outlook Magazine
Lots of people’s lives are fascinating but it takes a writer like Bossin to make them seem so.” – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author
Fascinating from first to last.” – On Stage, Ottawa
Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk is a one-man musical about cops and gamblers, grifters and grafters, fathers and sons. Indie music pioneer Bob Bossin’s hunt for his outlaw father is by turns intriguing, comic and poignant. “Fascinating… amazing and sometimes hilarious,” says CBC’s Michael Enright. “Lots of people’s lives are fascinating,” says author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, “but it takes a writer like Bossin to make them seem so.” “Bossin is funny, informative and inspiring at the same time,” said Pete Seeger.
The father Bob Bossin knew growing up in Toronto in the 1950s was a quiet, conservative booking agent for mainstream night clubs. The father he later discovered was Davy the Punk, a pivotal figure in Canada ’s gambling business of the 1930s and 40s. Davy Bossin’s battles with the law created precedents that affect us to this day.
Davy’s son, Bob Bossin, first came to musical prominence in the 1970s as the founder of Canada’s legendary Stringband. He wrote such folk “hits” as Show Us the Length, Tugboats and Sulphur Passage (No pasaran). In the late 1980s, he toured his one-man musical, “Bossins Home Remedy for Nuclear War” for 200 performances across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, selling 9000 bottles of the elixir. “Davy the Punk”, the book, was published this March 2014 by The Porcupine’s Quill.
“A memoir of a childhood that is the stuff of dreams and movies. With a songwriter’s ear, a performer’s sense of timing and a poet’s grace, Bossin brings Davy the Punk to life, spinning his tales tall and true to the circle of small time Jewish hoods in 1940s Toronto , mesmerizing them and us with his magic.
– Si Kahn, musician, author, playwright
“Only a handful of song writers have created a body of work that constitutes a portrait of our country. Stan Rogers did that. So did Gordon Lightfoot. And so does Bob Bossin.” – Stuart McLean
“What you don’t say can’t be used against you,” Bob Bossin’s father, Davy “The Punk” Bossin, taught his son, a lesson Bossin Junior clearly never learned. Davy the Punk, Bob’s book about his father’s life in Canada ’s gambling underworld of the 1930s and ‘40s was published in March 2014 by The Porcupine’s Quill to glowing reviews. It is now in its third printing.
Bob Bossin has been writing about odd corners of Canadian life for 40 years. Circa 1970, he wrote poetry, but was tempted away by the bright lights and big bucks of, er, folk music. With Marie-Lynn Hammond, he founded the iconic and long-lived Canadian folk group, Stringband, with whom he wrote and recorded such songs as Show Us the Length, Tugboats and Ya Wanna Marry Me? Bossin songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Ian Tyson, Peggy Seeger and many others. His song Sulphur Passage (No pasaran) became the anthem of the movement that successfully stopped clear-cut logging in Clayoquot Sound. It then became the multi-prize-winning video by documentarian Nettie Wild. Bob has also written non-fiction, including the book Settling Clayoquot (1981), and the play Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War (1986), which had 200 performances in 4 countries while selling 9000 bottles of snake oil. Bob has been nominated for a national magazine award, and his short story, Latkes, won 2nd prize in the Antigonish Review’s fiction competition.
“Bossin is funny, informative and inspiring at the same time.” – Pete Seeger.
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley CA 94705
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MUSIC STORIES and POTLUCK ( Bring Food or Drink)
Doors open and potluck meet-the-author at 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Show (with Carol Denney opening intro) at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Door is 12pm Show begins at 2pm-4pm
ALL AGES and WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE