Performance Calendar

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

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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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy

Performance Dates: 10-11-2017 @ 10:00am, 10-11-2017 @ 2pm

Location: Thoreau School, Concord MA

Odds Bodkin visits Thoreau School in Concord, MA to offer two GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY performances for grades 1-2 and 3-5. After each different set of stories, Odds follows up by asking students intriguing ethical questions.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Horror Tales for Adults Next to the Cemetery in Bradford, NH

Performance Date: 10-13-2017 @ 8pm

Location: The Sweet Beet, Bradford NH

FOR ADULTS. Odds Bodkin’s HEARTPOUNDERS: HALLOWEEN TALES OF HORROR near the cemetery at The Sweet Beet in Bradford, New Hampshire takes place this October on Friday the 13th at 8 pm.

FRIDAY THE 13TH!

From man-eating werepanthers (think werewolves) who must kill their own father to a dark wraith chased across old New England’s roads by Nature’s vengeance, Odds Bodkin’s tales of horror build to climactic scenes. 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.

An adult performance. Not for children. An outdoor show. Bundle up!

Spooky food and drinks will be available at the show from the chefs at The Sweet Beet.

Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the gate.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at the Wakefield Opera House

Performance Date: 10-14-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Wakefield Opera House, Sanbornville 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.

SPONSORED BY GAFNEY LIBRARY

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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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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast in Greenwich, CT

Performance Date: 10-20-2017 @ 09:00am

Location: Old Greenwich School, Greenwich CT

Odds Bodkin visits Old Greenwich School in Greenwich, CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in a special version for 4th graders.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at The Burren in Somerville MA

Performance Date: 10-21-2017 @ 4pm

Location: The Burren Back Room, Somerville MA

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. A special performance at The Burren Back Room in Somerville, MA.

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES at Bethlehem Public Library in NH

Performance Date: 10-26-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem 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 HARVEST: Stories of Thanksgiving in Ossipee NH

Performance Date: 11-02-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Ossipee Public Library, Ossipee, NH

Odds Bodkin performs three Thanksgiving Stories with character voices, sound effects and music on Celtic harp,
African thumb piano and 12-string guitar. For all ages.

• A poor Swedish farmer inherits a farm that has not produced food for one hundred years. Why is it so unlucky? Why
won’t crops grow? The good farmer doesn’t discover his farm’s secret until he meets a curious being who lives beneath
his cowshed.

• Kaddo discovers how to grow more millet than anyone in his village. Keeping the secret to himself, he amasses enough
to build a wall of millet around his house and refuses to share with his fellow villagers. Will he let greed overcome him?

• Marie, a brave and curious little girl, goes into the garden in search of chicory at her mother’s request. Instead, she
finds a giant cauliflower with a ladder beneath it that leads down into the earth. At the bottom, she discovers a
magical world of kittens harvesting their garden. And so the tale begins, one filled with audience questions about delicious vegetables, laughter and song.

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THE HARVEST: Stories of Thanksgiving in Scarborough, Maine

Performance Date: 11-04-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Scarborough Middle School, Scarborough, ME

Odds Bodkin performs three Thanksgiving Stories with character voices, sound effects and music on Celtic harp,
African thumb piano and 12-string guitar. For all ages.

• A poor Swedish farmer inherits a farm that has not produced food for one hundred years. Why is it so unlucky? Why
won’t crops grow? The good farmer doesn’t discover his farm’s secret until he meets a curious being who lives beneath
his cowshed.

• Kaddo discovers how to grow more millet than anyone in his village. Keeping the secret to himself, he amasses enough
to build a wall of millet around his house and refuses to share with his fellow villagers. Will he let greed overcome him?

• Marie, a brave and curious little girl, goes into the garden in search of chicory at her mother’s request. Instead, she
finds a giant cauliflower with a ladder beneath it that leads down into the earth. At the bottom, she discovers a
magical world of kittens harvesting their garden. And so the tale begins, one filled with audience questions about delicious vegetables, laughter and song.

SPONSORED BY SCARBOROUGH LIBRARY, SCARBOROUGH, ME

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FUN SPOOKY TALES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES in Suffield, CT

Performance Date: 11-05-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Kent Memorial Library, Suffield CT

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 & 12-string guitars and Celtic harp.

Sponsored by Kent Memorial Library.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy in Acton, MA

Performance Dates: 11-16-2017 @ 09:30am, 11-16-2017 @ 10:45am

Location: Douglas Elementary School, Acton MA

Odds Bodkin visits Douglas Elementary School in Acton, MA to perform two GOLDEN RULE assembly performances for K-2 and 3-5 students. Intriguing ethical questions for the children follow the two distinct sets of stories. Music on 12-string guitar, Celtic harp and African thumb piano. An “all people have wisdom” performance.

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THE HARVEST: Stories of Thanksgiving

Performance Date: 11-18-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Sandown Town Hall, Sandown NH

Odds Bodkin performs three Thanksgiving Stories with character voices, sound effects and music on Celtic harp,
African thumb piano and 12-string guitar. For all ages.

• A poor Swedish farmer inherits a farm that has not produced food for one hundred years. Why is it so unlucky? Why
won’t crops grow? The good farmer doesn’t discover his farm’s secret until he meets a curious being who lives beneath
his cowshed.

• Kaddo discovers how to grow more millet than anyone in his village. Keeping the secret to himself, he amasses enough
to build a wall of millet around his house and refuses to share with his fellow villagers. Will he let greed overcome him?

• Marie, a brave and curious little girl, goes into the garden in search of chicory at her mother’s request. Instead, she
finds a giant cauliflower with a ladder beneath it that leads down into the earth. At the bottom, she discovers a
magical world of kittens harvesting their garden. And so the tale begins, one filled with audience questions about delicious vegetables, laughter and song.

SPONSORED BY SANDOWN PARKS AND RECREATION

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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: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 02-02-2018 @ 09:45am

Location: Potter Road Elementary School, Framingham MA

Odds Bodkin visits Potter Road Elementary School in Framingham MA to offer a GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY performance. Odds follows the stories with intriguing ethical questions for students.

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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 visits Conant Elementary School in Acton, MA to offer two GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY performances for grades K-3 and 4-6. Odds poses intriguing ethical questions to students after the stories.

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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!