18 full-length storytelling albums on a single flash drive.
18 full-length storytelling albums on a single flash drive.
So howls Polyphemus the Cyclops to the other cyclopses outside his stone door. He’s been blinded by a giant spear in his one eye as he slept, a spear carved from a tree by Odysseus and his men. Now thrashing in agony in the darkness, the monster has attracted the other monsters with his howls.
“I’m blinded! I am killed!” he screams.
“Who did this to you, Polyphemus?” calls one outside.
“No Man did it! No Man killed me!”
“Well, if it is no man, then it is the work of the gods. Good bye!”
Polyphemus has been cruelly fooled, doubly so. For as Odysseus has poured brandy into the monster’s bowl and fooled him into drunkenness, and the monster has asked him his name, Odysseus has replied, “My name is No Man,” fooling him again.
Come hear this and other adventures from Odds Bodkin’s adult storytelling, THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST, this coming Sunday in Cambridge, MA.
“a consummate storyteller” — The New York Times
“a modern-day Orpheus” — Billboard
Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square
Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner.
Grendel’s Den hosts Odds Bodkin for the second show in his winter adult storytelling series, THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST. Eat Greek specialty menu items, drink, and then settle in for hypnotic music on 12-string guitar as Bodkin spins mythic magic with vocal effects, character voices and narration.
Introduction to Homer and Greek mythology on Celtic harp.
It’s when instead of attacking them immediately, the cyclops rolls the giant stone to block the cave door, that Odysseus senses doom. It just hasn’t happened yet, but will. As the monster tears two men apart in a shower of blood and devours them, Odysseus realizes that this is no peaceful shepherd as he assumed. No, this one-eyed giant who stands as tall as thirteen men is a cannibal. And soon they will all be in its belly. Unless they escape somehow. But the giant stone weights many tons, and there’s no other way out.
For one of the most famous scenes from Homer’s The Odyssey, Odds Bodkin takes on the giant voice and deadly gestures of Polyphemus the Cyclops. Vocal effects explode in the scene: popping heads and crunching bones, roaring flames and a giant hissing eyeball–while his 12-string guitar burns with rapid notes–all to render a vivid and yes, horrifying imaginative experience.
It’s really fun.
Of this performance Professor James Tatum of the Dartmouth Department of Classics wrote, “Odds Bodkin’s performance is the closest thing we have to a Homeric experience.”
His first show of the season, Beowulf, was sold out, so get your Odyssey tickets today.
Come feast and drink like a Greek, then settle in for the show. VIP ticket packages available for great seating and special foods.
Odds Bodkin will perform two long Viking myths with live music Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7 pm at Zinger’s in Milford, NH. The Gap Mountain Trio will open for the storyteller.
This follows his sold-out Beowulf show last week at Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA.
Bodkin’s show also features a fascinating scholarly exploration of Norse lore.
Come eat, drink and then settle in for an evening of adventure, humor and mythic wonder!
An adult performance; not recommended for children.
ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS is Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin’s full evening of adult storytelling entertainment. Thunderous music on two different 12-string guitars plays like a movie score as Odds creates voices for Thor, Loki, Odin, along with numerous giants and mortals. Plus, as he plays Celtic harp, this storyteller delves into Viking lore–how the Medieval Warm Period opened up Europe to the Vikings, how Russia is named after them, the color of their tattoos, how they believed in Nine Worlds, even how our days of the week are named after Viking gods.
The two long myths are Thor and Loki Journey to Utgard and The Mead of Poetry.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $ 20 at the door.
Zinger’s is in Milford, New Hampshire. It’s a relatively new performance venue that features music acts and comics, but on January 17th at 7:00 pm adult storytelling arrives with Odds Bodkin as he performs ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS.
Doors open at 6:00. So grab some food and drink and settle in for some music by The Gap Mountain Trio and then immerse in Viking lore and myths.
Years ago, I wasn’t a storyteller. I was a rafting guide.
Instead of telling stories with music, I rode whitewater rivers.
If the story is the river, then the music is the rapids and words are your tossing boat. Coming at you in the surge ahead, the rocks are events to be described or embodied, and once you’re past them, there’s no time to look back. Your paddles are your syntax, basically, madly splashing you this way and that, keeping you straight in the current of music.
Whether it’s a river or a performance tale, the ride is fun and overwhelming.
I’m offering two pubic shows for adults this coming January 2020. Fittingly for winter, both howl of Viking life. Each is a full evening’s entertainment with music on Celtic harp and 12-string guitars.
Tickets are on sale now.
This is Layne Gneiting from Arizona. He runs Way of the Hero, an international bicycle touring company. He’s a fine man.
He just posted these wonderful words on Facebook:
Today’s #LightTheWorld invitation is to list things a mentor has done for you. It’s tough to narrow down mentors, right? I mean we all have racks of them, whether through books, talks, conversations, or other interactions. But in reflecting I realize the one that stands out is the one I pursued. He didn’t try to mentor me; he just lived his truth. That lit a spark, and I thought, “I want to know what he knows.”
Two interactions stand out. First I met him at the National Storytelling Festival and his performance stirred something deep in my soul. When I approached and requested an audience with him, his kind understanding eyes saw the earnestness of my plea, and his generous heart opened wide. “Let me see to these good folks, then let’s chat.”
The second was at his home. I flew across the country to spend a solid day with him, learning, stretching, and reveling in discoveries I cherish still. Among others, he taught me . . .
1. I don’t need to follow someone else’s script. (That was a chain-breaking moment.)
2. My job is to get out of the way and allow the Muse to flow through me.
3. The imagination is more powerful than we can possibly imagine.
4. It’s okay to be different than other performers.
5. Spend time in nature.
6. We rehearse not to perfect, but to thread words and music deep into the memory. Then you can perform autonomically.
7. There is real in the fantastical, and fantastical in the real.
8. Take risks.
9. You can design your life.
10. We don’t tell stories that are “true.” We tell stories that have truth in them.
He has left a legacy of story from one side of this country to the other, igniting fires in the imagination, and elevating hearts near and far. He embodies story, and I love his soul.
Thank you, Odds Bodkin. You are the living embodiment of the Muse.
Here in New Hampshire where temperatures are in the single digits, I feel all warmed up. Thanks, Layne, for such moving words. You have claimed an original life.
An hour and twenty-one minutes of magic.
Or, it comes with the EPIC DRIVE, along with all of Bodkin’s storytellings as mp3s.
Vikings drank mead from dawn til dusk, and so Grendel’s Den is offering Flights of Mead on their menu for January 12th’s Odds Bodkin adult storytelling performance of Beowulf: The Only One.
After all, Beowulf was a Viking who killed monsters while dining on honey cakes, brined bird’s eggs, strips of venison and dried fruits for dinner. Typical Viking fare.
Who knows what Viking delicacies Grendel’s Den is planning for that Sunday evening’s menu, but it’s sure to be spectacular. $50 VIP Experience tickets include special seating, a flight of 4 local and imported meads, a tasting menu of 4 themed dishes, and a printed mead glass for you to take home.