An In-Depth Audio Interview About Creative Storytelling’s Secrets

With 12-string guitar in hand, Odds Bodkin sits down with interviewer Brother Wolf to answer questions about creating character voices, vocal effects and music in Bodkin’s brand of muse-inspired storytelling. Here are the secrets this “modern day Orpheus” (Billboard) uses to create his unique performance art. Click to listen!

 

A FLASH DRIVE FULL OF STORIES (for every age kid and adult!)

A FLASH DRIVE FULL OF STORIES (for every age kid and adult!)

When you listen to Odds Bodkin stories, the miles (and hours) melt away.

Downloadable Myths, Epics, Folktales and More…Starting at $.99

Downloadable Myths, Epics, Folktales and More…Starting at $.99

Original music

The Odyssey: An Epic Telling

The Wise Little Girl: Tales of the Feminine

Beowulf: The Only One

David and Goliath

Paul Bunyan Tall Tales

The Little Proto Dinosaur Trilogy

And many other unforgettable titles by Odds Bodkin. Use PayPal for instant downloads! Great for vacation listening!

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11 pages of storytelling products

Madness, Murder, Monsters, Secret Weapons and Heartbreak…Tonight!

HERCULES IN HELL performed by Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin begins at 7 pm tonight at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar in Nashua, NH. Thunderous 12-string guitar and character voices bring this feature-length adult storytelling event to life. Along with sound effects that help you see all the action in your mind’s eye.

“a consummate storyteller” — The New York Times

“a modern-day Orpheus” — Billboard

“one of the great voices in American storytelling” — Wired

 

Tickets $13 in advance, $13 at the door.

THE STYMPHALIAN BIRDS/My Favorite Hercules Episode/Odds Bodkin

THE STYMPHALIAN BIRDS/My Favorite Hercules Episode/Odds Bodkin

Tomorrow night I’ll be telling HERCULES IN HELL, the full 90-minute version, which means I can recount my favorite of Hercules’ Twelve Labors–the killer birds of Stymphalos.

Backstory: Eurystheus, Hercules’ weak cousin, who has complete power over Hercules for the long years of his labors, tells him, “There are some birds I want you to drive off.”

“Birds,” Hercules replies, unimpressed. “They’re dangerous, I take it.”

“Oh, yes. They kill people with their feathers. Feathers of brass. They can hurl them like arrows. The quills are razor-sharp. They’ve infested the forest of Stymphalos and have been carrying off sheep and unattended children, who they peck apart and devour. The people are terrorized. Go solve their problem, Hercules.”

Hercules knows Eurystheus is trying to kill him by sending him on deadly missions like this, so cleverly he takes an extra-wide bronze shield, his arrows poisoned with VX-like Hydra blood (one touch, you’re dead) and a big bronze bell.

Not long after, he’s standing in a field, watching the hundreds of giant birds in trees above deep guano, skulls and bloody clothing. He bangs the bell, startling them into attacking him. He doesn’t fight back though. Instead, he crouches beneath his shield as the brass feathers rain down, then jumps up, unhurt, and yells curses while ringing the bell, bringing the birds again and again, each time diving under his shield.

Since only their feathers are brass, not their bodies, Hercules can soon see bare patches on their wings. With his arrows, he proceeds to shoot them out of the sky. That’s not quite the end of the battle, but as a clever labor, it’s one of my favorites.

You can hear it live, with thunderous music and Hercules’ deep, furious voice, at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar in Nashua, NH at 7 pm tomorrow night. Fun show.

Bring a friend for some adult storytelling. Great food. Great bar. Intimate setting.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $13 at the door.

For aficionados, I’ll also have for sale EPIC DRIVES and MASTER DRIVES.

Odds Bodkin’s HERCULES IN HELL this Sunday at 7 pm in Nashua, NH

Odds Bodkin’s HERCULES IN HELL this Sunday at 7 pm in Nashua, NH.

Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin will tell his feature-length epic about the life of the Greek mythological hero Hercules at 7 pm at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar in Nashua, NH. This adult tale recounts Hercules’ rages and sociopathic murders in early life, his Twelve Labors and ironic death. A fantastical immersion into myth, the story is accompanied throughout with bold themes on modal 12-string guitar.

The Riverwalk serves great food and boasts an extraordinary bar. Grab a friend and come early for dinner, then sit back in this intimate setting and enjoy this movie for the mind’s eye.

TICKETS: $13 in advance for best seating, $13 at the door.

Adult Storytelling a Week Away!

Adult Storytelling a Week Away!

Sunday night, July 29th at 7 pm at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin performs HERCULES IN HELL, his feature-length performance piece based on the Greek myth of Hercules. With hypnotic 12-string guitar scoring the tale, you’ll be “mesmerized” as a woman in the audience said she felt when Bodkin last did this show.

Plus you’ll learn about Hercules’ youth, madnesses and murders and his Twelve Labors of Expiation, not to mention his bizarre death from a love charm.

So grab your imagination and a friend and delve deep into some Greek mythology you never knew!

TICKETS $13 for best seating, $13 at the door.

Hard-Hitting Adult Storytelling Sunday July 29th in New Hampshire

Hard-Hitting Adult Storytelling Sunday July 29th in New Hampshire

If you want to grab some elemental Greek mythology, tragic and beautiful, told for adults, mark your calendar for Sunday, July 29th. The tale you’ll hear, much like Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, won the hearts of 200 convicts in a California prison one afternoon, so much so that I actually signed autographs on scraps of paper and napkins afterwards for a half an hour. As an audio, this 100-minute epic won the national Golden Headset Award from Audiofile Magazine, among other awards.

With so much violence afoot in our culture today, it’s more relevant than ever.

It’s called Hercules in Hell, and it just might break your heart.

I’ll be performing it with my 12-string guitar at 7:00 pm at the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, New Hampshire on Sunday evening in two weeks’ time. One of the more interesting features of this work, other than the full, moment-to-moment guitar score, is that unlike in most of my storytellings, I don’t narrate. I never appear. Only Hercules does.

Tickets are $13 in advance for good seating, and $13 at the door.

 

 

 

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales With a Solid Beat/Tomorrow in NH/Free to the Public


LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales With a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 07-11-2018 @ 6:30 pm
Location: Smyth Public Library, Candia NH

LIBRARIES ROCK! Three great stories, three great sing-alongs! An outdoor gazebo show!

KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY (African sanza)
THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS (fuzz electric guitar and stomp drum)
FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN (12-string guitar)

Appropriate for all ages. Bring a blanket and the kids!

 

We Should Learn to Grow Coffee in America

We Should Learn to Grow Coffee in America

We’ve learned to grow wine grapes in the U.S., so why not coffee? Only two states, Hawaii and California, grow coffee currently, but surely there are slopes in the Smokies where coffee bushes would thrive. And at moist Pacific Northwest elevations. After all, the tropics are moving north at a great clip and coffee-friendly biomes should be opening up fairly soon in the U.S.

With a little directed science, could new coffee growing regions could be established across North America? In areas distant enough from coffee leaf rust, a leaf-killing fungus, Hemileia vastatrix, to remain uninfected? The rust turns the leaves yellow and photosynthesis stops. Of course, the coffee “cherries” can’t grow, or the seeds inside. Especially those seeds dried and roasted to produce Arabica beans.

So how would soon-to-be American coffee growers explore that business? Well, they’d need some directed science. What temperatures and atmospheric pressures do coffee bushes and Robusta trees like? What sorts of mountain slope soils? Preferred PH? How much rain, and when? Do they like morning light from the east, or afternoon light from the west, or does it matter much to them as long as they get enough sun? And the big question: is there enough sun in the first place, so far north of the equator?

What about greenhouses?

If were a wealthy coffee drinker, I’d invest in that research, just to find out.

 

–Odds Bodkin

A SUMMER’S WORTH OF AUDIO STORIES

A SUMMER’S WORTH OF AUDIO STORIES

Smart parents across America are choosing Odds Bodkin’s Master Drive for inspiring vacation travel listening for their kids. The “consummate storyteller” (The New York Times) offers twenty-five hours of vivid tales from around the world, scored live with original acoustic music.

And it all comes on a flash drive. Plug it in and load age-coded folktales, fairy tales, myths and epic stories onto your kids’ devices. They’ll love it.

Check it out here!

12-String Guitar and Celtic Harp Fourth of July Concert this Saturday in Bradford NH

Odds Bodkin Free Music on June 30th in NH

I first started playing 12-string guitar in the stairwell of my dorm at Duke University. This was some time ago, and over the years I’ve scored all sorts of tales, from epics to short ones, with 12-strings in various tunings. Often folks come up after shows and say something like, “Wow, I could just listen to the music without the story and still be entertained.”

I’ve heard this a lot.

And so, for folks who like to listen to 12-string instrumental music, as well as Celtic harp music (all original stuff), I’ll be doing a 2-hour concert on the sunny porch of the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, NH this coming Saturday morning at 10:00.

This is part of Bradford’s renowned Fourth of July celebration which takes place this year on June 30th. There’s a full day of fun events all over town.

The event is free and you can grab a chair and fresh breakfast food while you listen. It’s very informal.

Hope to see you there!

 

PS: I’ll have Epic Drives and Master Drives for sale at the event.