Performance Calendar

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

FAIRY FOLKS AND OLD OAKS: A Performance and Workshop about Fairy Tales

Performance Date: 02-28-2019 @ 10:00am

Location: Abbott Library, Sunapee NH

A FAIRY FOLKS AND OLD OAKS performance of exemplary fairy tales told with music, characters and sounds, open to the public, begins at 10:00 a.m. Students chosen to participate in the follow-up FAIRY FOLKS AND OLD OAKS WORKSHOP convene at 11:00 a.m. with Odds to explore the elements of a classic fairy tale, and how to write their own. The workshop is for third – fifth grade children.

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STORYBLAST: A Storytelling Family Concert

Performance Date: 02-28-2019 @ 6pm

Location: Abbott Library, Sunapee NH

With Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments Odds Bodkin tells his best family-friendly tales at this free concert. Bring the kids to Abbott Library in Sunapee, NH for a blast of imagination, laughter and amazement!

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STORYBLAST! A Family Storytelling Concert in Unity, New Hampshire

Performance Date: 03-02-2019 @ 1pm

Location: Unity Town Hall, Unity NH

Sponsored by Unity Free Library, Odds Bodkin visits Unity Town Hall in Unity, NH to offer a 1-hour performance of his best, family friendly musical stories. All ages welcome, including babies! They’ll have a good time, too. Live music on Celtic harp, African thumb piano and 12-string guitar flavors these engaging, imagination-stimulating tales from around the world.

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BEOWULF: The Only One—Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 03-03-2019 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits Grendel’s Den in Cambridge MA to perform Beowulf: The Only One, his feature-length musical telling of Beowulf. Characters, vocal effects and a full score on 12-string guitar animate this ancient tale of heroism and gratitude. Voices for Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, King Hrothgar and many others along with haunting motifs on guitar blend into a compelling and vivid imaginative experience. Bodkin’s telling is based closely on the original Beowulf manuscript, the earliest known piece of literature in English.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Dates: 03-05-2019 @ 08:30am, 03-05-2019 @ 09:30am, 03-05-2019 @ 10:30am

Location: Bresnahan Elementary School, Newburyport MA

Odds Bodkin visits Bresnahan Elementary School in Newburyport MA for three performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for K-3 students. Each performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Dates: 04-03-2019 @ 09:00am, 04-03-2019 @ 10:00am

Location: Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School, Hillsboro NH

Odds Bodkin visits Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in Hillsboro NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-2 and 3-5. Each performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 04-05-2019 @ 09:00am

Location: Laconia Middle School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Laconia Middle School in New Hampshire to perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast for a middle school audience. With a full score on 12-string guitar and numerous character voices and vocal effects, Odds’ version recounts the Sack of Troy, the Battle at Ismaros, The Great Storm, The Lotus Eaters and lastly, The Cave of the Cyclops.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 05-01-2019 @ 09:30am

Location: James Faulkner Elementary School, Stoddard NH

Odds Bodkin visits James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard NH for a performance of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-5. The performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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HERCULES IN HELL for the New Hampshire Classical Association’s Classics Day

Performance Date: 05-03-2019 @ 10:00am

Location: Dana Center, St. Anselm College, Manchester NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Dana Center at St. Anselm College to perform HERCULES IN HELL for the New Hampshire Classical Association’s Classics Day.

This compelling, rugged tale explores the genuine myth of Hercules, the ancient Greek hero, from his early murders and madness through his 12 Labors to his bizarre death. Odds Bodkin accompanies the tale with a full score on 12-string guitar and tells it using voices for Hercules, Hades, Persephone and a host of other gods and mortals. Ultimately, a tale about learning empathy and self-control. And a solid exploration of Greek mythology for young people.

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RIP ROARIN’ PAUL BUNYAN TALES: An American Storytelling

Performance Date: 06-24-2019 @ 6pm

Location: Auburn Public Library, Auburn ME

Odds Bodkin visits Auburn Public Library in Auburn ME for an evening performance of Paul Bunyan American Tall Tales. Introduced with 6-string guitar, Odds brings forth Sourdough Sam, the inimitable chronicler of Paul Bunyan’s astonishing feats. Sam tells the stories, leaving Odds behind somewhere. The stories are filled with character voices, vocal sound effects and long-lost linguistic malapropisms. And they are funny. A family performance.

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HERCULES IN HELL: A Performance for Teens

Performance Date: 06-25-2019 @ 1pm

Location: Auburn Public Library, Auburn ME

Odds Bodkin visits Auburn Public Library in Auburn ME to perform HERCULES IN HELL for a teen audience. This compelling, rugged tale explores the genuine myth of Hercules, the ancient Greek hero, from his early murders and madness through his 12 Labors to his bizarre death. Odds Bodkin accompanies the tale with a full score on 12-string guitar and tells it using voices for Hercules, Hades, Persephone and a host of other gods and mortals. Ultimately, a tale about learning empathy and self-control. And a solid exploration of Greek mythology for young people.

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AN OUTDOOR STORIES EXTRAVAGANZA!

Performance Date: 07-10-2019 @ 6pm

Location: Smyth Public Library, Candia NH

Join Odds Bodkin outdoors at the gazebo. Just bring a blanket or chair and settle in for some storytelling fun!

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THE OLD MAN SPEAKS

Performance Date: 08-24-2019 @ 8pm

Location: Pinkham Notch NH

Commissioned by Robert White of the White Mountains Trail Crew Association of the AMC, THE OLD MAN SPEAKS is a new epic by Odds Bodkin that recounts two centuries of trail building in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The work is scored with 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar and Celtic harp.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: HALLOWEEN TALES OF HORROR in Warner NH

Performance Date: 10-18-2019 @ 7pm

Location: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner NH

Odds Bodkin visits the Warner Telephone Museum in Warner, NH for this benefit performance to tell HEARTPOUNDERS: HALLOWEEN TALES OF HORROR on Friday, October. 18th, 2019 at 7 p.m. Recommended for teens and hearty adults, and no young children, please, this show features Mr. Bodkin’s most terrifying tales for Halloween, accompanied with live music on multiple acoustic instruments.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror

Performance Date: 10-25-2019 @ 8pm

Location: Sweet Beet Market, Bradford NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford NH for his third annual Halloween Horror Tales concert for adults. An outdoor performance. Bundle up and settle in with warm drinks and food. No children please.

RAIN DATE: Oct. 26, 2019

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 03-05-2020 @ 10:00am

Location: Conant School, Acton MA

Odds Bodkin visits Conant School in Acton MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for 4-6 graders.

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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!