Folk Singer Bob Bossin presents larger than life stories about his father Davy “the Punk” Bossin and his strong mob ties in early to mid-20th Century Toronto in Songs & Stories of Davy the Punk.
Should you see it?
Bob Bossin takes the stage singing a variation of Captown Races. He has a strong husky voice and amazing guitar picking skills that instantly are warm and welcoming. He introduces himself and starts talking about how he would be telling tales of his father who was nicknamed Davy the Punk because he ran with the mob and interspersing folk music throughout his performance.
Bossin launches into a slideshow full of photos and a tale that at times feels larger than life but is fascinating from the first moment he starts talking until the end of the show. Bossin talks about how Davy was recruited to do running and help out with books for the shady underground going-ons in Toronto and the evolution to him running a race wire with court case precedence set out of his experiences with the law.
The story also includes slight adventures of Frank Costello, one of New York’s biggest mob bosses during the time. Yet despite all of the illegal and dangerous activity that Bossin spent a great deal of time talking about he still managed to make organized crime sound so damn fun!
The slide show was a nice touch because we got to see photos of Davy and some of his associates in the game, yet it was interspersed with chapter titles which took away from the show in the long run. It was an engaging and captivating performance and Bossin has put together a book with more tales of Davy the Punk for those who are interested in reading more. The show is definitely worth checking out though.
What did you think? What do you think of Bob Bossin as a folk singer and performer? What were some of your favourite Davy the Punk stories? Join the discussion in the comments below.
For more information about Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, check out the show page on ottawafringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/songs-and-stories-of-davy-the-punk/