Jan. 8: Odin and Thor Battle the Frost Giants: Viking Adventure Myths
Two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known lore (Thursday is Thor’s Day; Wednesday is Wotan’s Day) told by Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin. First, Thor Meets the Frost Giants, a tale of magic and illusion as Thor and Loki journey to Utgard, capital city of their enemies. Then, The Mead of Poetry, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his best friend who’s been murdered, his blood brewed into a wisdom-bestowing elixir. Told with 12-string guitar scores and Celtic harp musings, with character voices and vocal effects. Seating at 5:00 pm. Show begins at 5:30 pm.
Tickets $15 table seating, $10 bar seating. Get your tickets here.
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Jan. 22: Fall of the Titans: The Original Game of Thrones
Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin presents the epic tale of Gaia, first Titan of the ancient Greeks, her Titan children, Earth’s creation and the eventual overthrow of the Titans by Zeus and Gaia’s other Olympian grandchildren. Based of Hesiod’s Theogony (Birth of the Gods) set down in 700 B.C., the tale is performed with a 12-string guitar score, character voices and vocal effects, interspersed with Greek mythological lore described during Celtic harp extemporizations.
Jan. 29: Beowulf: The Only One
Odds Bodkin’s latest epic tale, told with 12-string guitar music, is rugged, bloody and true to the original poem. Grateful to a Danish king for saving his father, a fearless Beowulf sails to Denmark to kill Grendel, a raiding demon. With Celtic harp extemporizations, Bodkin fills in the tale with some Viking history, including the Medieval Climate Optimum, even how Viking dragon ships were water-proofed.
Feb. 5: Worlds Apart: Tales for Lovers
For Valentine’s Day, master storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin tells two long love tales, The Crane Wife from ancient Japan, performed with pentatonically prepared Celtic harp, and The Dame Ragnell, a moving and hilarious version of Chretien de Troyes’ 14th century feminist tale, performed with character voices and a full score on 12-string guitar.