After a half-century of performing, Bob Bossin is hanging up the banjo.
Over 50 years, Bob co-founded Stringband (with Marie-Lynn Hammond), authored Davy the Punk, manufactured Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War and made documentaries that included Sulphur Passage and Only one bear in a hundred bites but they don’t come in order.
Now Bob is giving up the road, or as he describes it, “getting out of town ahead of the posse.” But not without one last, undoubtedly memorable, concert at Hugh’s Room Live featuring the Stringband Alumni Association Band.
Pete Seeger, one of many to cover Bossin’s songs, called Bob “funny, informative and inspiring at the same time.”
With a body of work that includes such songs as “Show Us the Length”, “Dief Will Be the Chief Again”, “Ya Wanna Marry Me” and “The Secret of Life According to Satchel Paige,” Bossin has created a portfolio of songs that have become part of Canada’s folklore; perhaps less famous than Stan Rogers or Gordon Lightfoot, his fractured view of people and places in the Great White North have entertained many on countless tours of festivals and intimate clubs over the years.
Why the Farewell? Says Bob, “I figure Sandy Koufax had it right: I want to retire at the top of my game… Well, almost at the top. And I want a grand going-away party! New material, great musicians, old friends, and the best venue in the country. What could be better?”
Bob Bossin’s farewell concert is at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto on Saturday, October 7. Tickets and details here. Among those confirmed as joining him in his farewell stage performance are former bandmates Marie-Lynn Hammond and Ben Mink, fiddler extraordinaire Anne Lederman, and noted songwriter and guitarist Allan Soberman.