Performance Calendar

Interested in seeing Odds Bodkin perform live? The following is a list of upcoming performances - hope to see you in the crowd!

The Lighter Side of Odds Bodkin: A Collection of Humorous Tales

Performance Date: 08-20-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Funny, urbane tales from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Africa, China and other lands. Some with songs. Musical scores on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and African sanza (thumb piano). Unless you’ve seen Odds Bodkin perform for family audiences, you probably haven’t heard these vivid, hilarious stories, many with an infectious beat and a chance to get crazy. Kids are welcome, too!

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WHEN THE MOON DANCED WITH THE SUN: Tales for an Eclipse!

Performance Date: 08-21-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Fiske Free Library, Claremont NH

Join Odds Bodkin, master storyteller and musician, for an afternoon of cosmic tales to celebrate the solar eclipse! How can the Moon possibly have twenty-seven star wives without annoying the Sun? When moon fairies show up during an eclipse, can they really save a girl’s life? Odds tells these and other stories with character voices, natural vocal effects and live music played on Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments.

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast/University Level

Performance Date: 09-14-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore MD

Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore to perform THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast for Honors and Classics students.

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CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM 2017 in BOULDER, COLORADO

Performance Dates: 09-16-2017 @ 7pm, 09-17-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Shambhala Center, 1434 Spruce Street, Boulder CO

Odds Bodkin visits Boulder, Colorado to present FALL OF THE TITANS: THE MYTH OF GAIA and other stories with a discussion about the effects of climate change on Saturday evening. Sunday morning he’ll present a DOOR TO IMAGINATION STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR CLIMATE ACTIVISTS AND SCIENTISTS to assist in the quest to explain the science of climate change to the public.

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TALES OF THE LAND for the Belknap County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Performance Date: 10-06-2017 @ 6pm

Location: First United Methodist Church, Gildford NH

Odds Bodkin performs TALES OF THE LAND for farmers and land use professionals at the annual meeting of the Belknap Country Farm Bureau in Gilford, New Hampshire.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror at Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 10-08-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

From man-eating werepanthers (think werewolves) who must kill their own father to a dark road wraith chased across New England by Nature’s vengeance, Odds Bodkin’s tales of horror build to climactic scenes in your imagination. Driven by virtuoso 12-string guitar playing, Celtic harp and other instruments along with riveting character voices and vocal effects, each of the evening’s tales are guaranteed to take you deep into your worst fears. And don’t forget the story of a greedy priest in Russia who bleeds everywhere he’s donned the skin of a dead goat.

Horrible, yes. Fun, yes. Plus ancient Celtic lore about the origins of All Hallow’s Eve.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at Hopkinton Library NH

Performance Date: 10-15-2017 @ 4pm

Location: Hopkinton Public Library, Contoocook NH

A banshee howls behind a train full of passengers.
Will she take their lives, or is she trying to save them?

Who is he? A beautiful girl dances with a handsome stranger.
But, why is she so dizzy? And why is she vanishing?

Will the boy who cannot grow break the spell by taking the magical singing apples?
And will the wicked witch who guards them, let him?

Odds Bodkin tells child-safe spooky tales with voices, sound effects and music on 6 and 12-string guitar and Celtic harp.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at Dunbarton Public Library

Performance Date: 10-27-2017 @ 3pm

Location: Dunbarton Public Library, Dunbarton NH

A banshee howls behind a train full of passengers.
Will she take their lives, or is she trying to save them?

Who is he? A beautiful girl dances with a handsome stranger.
But, why is she so dizzy? And why is she vanishing?

Will the boy who cannot grow break the spell by taking the magical singing apples?
And will the wicked witch who guards them, let him?

Odds Bodkin tells child-safe spooky tales with voices, sound effects and music on 6 and 12-string guitar and Celtic harp.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at Warner Town Hall, NH

Performance Date: 10-28-2017 @ 3pm

Location: Warner Town Hall, Warner NH

When a train with a banshee howling above it saves a trainload of families, you know it’s Halloween. When a girl who’s dancing with a tall stranger almost vanishes from the dance floor, you certainly know it’s Halloween! And when a little boy who cannot grow outwits his enchantment by stealing singing apples from the witch who guards them, oh, it’s really Halloween!

Join Odds Bodkin, Master Storyteller and Musician for Fun Spooky Tales for Young Families. With original music on 6 and12-string guitars and Celtic harp, he’ll use character voices and amazing natural sound effects to give you just enough chills for the Halloween season, but not too many. Recommended for families with kids ages 4 and up.

Presented by Schoodacs of Warner.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 10-29-2017 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

From man-eating werepanthers (think werewolves) who must kill their own father to a dark road wraith chased across New England by Nature’s vengeance, Odds Bodkin’s tales of horror build to climactic scenes in your imagination. Driven by virtuoso 12-string guitar playing, Celtic harp and other instruments along with riveting character voices and vocal effects, each of the evening’s tales are guaranteed to take you deep into your worst fears. And don’t forget the story of a greedy priest in Russia who bleeds everywhere he’s donned the skin of a dead goat.

Horrible, yes. Fun, yes. Plus ancient Celtic lore about the origins of All Hallow’s Eve. A performance for adults.

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THE WINTER CHERRIES: Tales for the Holidays

Performance Date: 12-01-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, Epping NH

Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin visits Harvey-Mitchell Library in Epping, NH on Dec.1 2017 at 6 p.m. to perform THE WINTER CHERRIES: Tales for the Holidays. Three heartwarming and at time humorous tales of giving, love and the Holiday Spirit told with character voices, natural vocal effects and live original music on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp. Appropriate for all ages. Bring the family. An Arthurian Christmas legend, a German folktale and a Chanukah tale blend into a message of warmth.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST at Lawrence Academy

Performance Date: 01-12-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA

Odds Bodkin visits Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for the student body and members of the public on January 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

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GOLDEN RULE Empathy Performances for Grades K-3 & 4-6

Performance Date: 03-01-2018 @ 08:45am

Location: Conant Elementary School, Acton MA

Odds Bodkin visit Conant Elementary School in Acton, MA to offer two GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY for grades K-3 and 4-6. Two different sets of stories are followed up with intriguing ethical questions Odds poses to students.

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SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS Storytelling and Music Festival

Performance Date: 04-27-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Fincastle, VA

Odds travels to Fincastle, VA to join storytellers and musicians performing at Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling and Music Festival on April 27 & 28, 2018.

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Welcome to the performance calendar – here you can find a list of upcoming shows or down at the bottom, you can use the form to request a performance of your own! Please let us know if you have any questions; we’re happy to help!

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

Odds Bodkin offers school assemblies for K-3, 4-6, middle and high school audiences, all with compelling age-appropriate stories. To incorporate Door to Imagination workshops for students and staff, invite him for a 1, 3 or 5 day residency.

MUSEUM PERFORMANCES

The Peabody-Essex Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sackler Museum at Harvard, the Portland Art Museum and others have enhanced their exhibitions by inviting Mr. Bodkin to tell tales relevant to works on display. As a practicing mythologist, he tells tales from Japan, China, India, Tibet, ancient Greece, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Polynesia, South America, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ireland and England (Arthurian), not to mention Aesop’s Fables, American Tall Tales and ghost stories from New England.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

Chautauqua in Boulder, CO, Lincoln Center Institute in New York, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State and others host Odds Bodkin shows for student groups and the public. From The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast to family StoryBlast! concerts where everybody sings together and brings down the house, Odds is a one-man show.

UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCES

Year after year, Loyola University Maryland hosts The Odyssey or The Iliad: Book I for Classics and Honors students. For seven years in a row, St. Anselm College brought in the entire freshman class for The Iliad: Book I, their first humanities lecture. UC Boulder invites Odds and Naturalist Martin Ogle to team up for StoryEarth, a storytelling and multimedia presentation that explores big questions. University of New Hampshire students invite him to perform his version of Beowulf. Wharton School of Business hires him to tell The Odyssey. All know that Mr. Bodkin can compel university audiences in a way they love. He has also performed at Syracuse, Wofford College, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Boston University, Ohio Dominican University, Emerson College in Great Britain and others.

CONTACT: Mil Bodkin, Booking Agent

Phone: (603) 938-5120 or use the form to the left!