“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
It’s been over 45 years since Bob Bossin and singer Marie-Lynn Hammond formed what was to become the legendary Canadian folk group, Stringband. For 15 years, starting in 1971, they entertained us, and told us fun and fascinating stories about ourselves and our country – and Bob began a lifetime career of writing great tunes. As Peter Gzowski once said, Bob writes “wonderful songs that linger in a lot of people’s memories.”
He’s written and sang fun songs, love songs, songs that woke us up (like Show Us the Length), songs that made us think – and songs that called us to action. His tune, Sulphur Passage, about the Clayoquot forest protests, played a significant role in the fight to preserve Clayoquot wilderness. Pete Seeger called Bob “funny, informative and inspiring at the same time.”
He’s performed, toured and recorded, wrote stories, poems, articles and books. He’s written and performed one man musical plays, Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War and Davy the Punk. And of course there’s more.
So come see this erudite, passionate, articulate folksinger in performance and hear his songs. You’ll know, as did Utah Philips, you’re in the company of an artist with “the ear of a poet, a painter’s eye and the wit of a true common sense philosopher.”