Performance Calendar

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

CAMPFIRE TALES at Camp Glen Brook

Performance Date: 07-27-2018 @ 8pm

Location: Camp Glen Brook, Marlboro NH

Odds Bodkin returns to Camp Glen Brook to perform stories for all-age campers by the campfire.

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HERCULES IN HELL/Adult Storytelling at Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 07-29-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Adult storytelling.

Killed by a love charm, Hercules is dead, but instead of awakening on Mt. Olympus as he was promised, he’s trapped in the Underworld with Hades and his reluctant queen, Persephone. She longs for news of the living and Hades demands that Hercules tell his life story in order to be freed. Forced to reflect on his murderous rages when young, the hero tells his own tale. Haunted by guilt after killing his wife and children, he’s given a path to redemption––a set of impossible labors. The Bull of Zeus. The Sacred Stag of Artemis. The Hydra. The Augean Stables. Twelve in all. But the tale doesn’t end there.

Odds Bodkin performs this award-winning story using vivid character voices, vocal effects and a full score on 12-string guitar. He opens with an introduction to Hercules’ place in Greek mythology on Celtic harp.

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LIBRARIES ROCK: Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 08-02-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Merrimack Public Library, Merrimack NH

KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY
THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS
FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN

Kids and parents will blast it out when Odds Bodkin invites them to learn simple, catchy songs and really SING as part of these three great stories. Here’s a mix of pure imagination, fun and music for the whole family!

With a pulsing beat on African thumb piano, first Odds tells KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY, a Togo folktale from West Africa. Odds invites the audience to add in creative rhythms with claps, finger snapping and harmonies.

Next, THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS hits with fast rock ‘n roll. This is Odds’ much-beloved and irreverent version of this Old Mother Goose tale. Performed with some of his best riffs on 6-string guitar.

FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN features the hilarious voices of a giant, a dog, Finn and his wife Oona, and their house guest, Big Gall. All with a fabulous driving rhythm on 12-string guitar and a refrain we all sing together: “Hoy that hurts!”

Kids leave motivated to use their imaginations even more. Odds reminds them that the best way to do that is summer reading, and staying away from the “summer slide.”

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LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 08-09-2018 @ 2pm

Location: New Ipswich Library, New Ipswich NH

LIBRARIES ROCK! Three great stories, three great sing-alongs!

KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY
THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS
FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN

Kids and parents will blast it out when Odds Bodkin invites them to learn simple, catchy songs and really SING as part of these three great stories. Here’s a mix of pure imagination, fun and music for the whole family!

With a pulsing beat on African thumb piano, first Odds tells KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY, a Togo folktale from West Africa. Odds invites the audience to add in creative rhythms with claps, finger snapping and harmonies.

Next, THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS hits with fast rock ‘n roll. This is Odds’ much-beloved and irreverent version of this Old Mother Goose tale. Performed with some of his best riffs on 6-string guitar.

FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN features the hilarious voices of a giant, a dog, Finn and his wife Oona, and their house guest, Big Gall. All with a fabulous driving rhythm on 12-string guitar and a refrain we all sing together: “Hoy that hurts!”

Kids leave motivated to use their imaginations even more. Odds reminds them that the best way to do that is summer reading, and staying away from the “summer slide.”

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CAMP!

Performance Date: 08-15-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Camp Farnsworth, Thetford Vermont

Odds Bodkin joins storytellers Simon Brooks and Karen Pillsworth for an evening of stories for special campers from across Vermont. CAMP! is a great organization that brings these kids together each year.

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THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Honors and Classics Students at Loyola University Maryland

Performance Date: 09-13-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore MD

Odds Bodkin’s THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Honors and Classics Students at Loyola University Maryland

Invited for the 9th year by Martha Taylor, Chair of Classics, Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola University Maryland to perform THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Classics and Honors students and faculty. The 1-hour performance, accompanied with a score on 12-string guitar, explains the origins of the Trojan War in Bronze Age times and then recounts the fateful argument between Achilles and Agamemnon. Character voices include Kalkhas the Diviner, Kryses the Priest, Achilles, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Paris and others. The performance is held at the Student Union Building.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy (K-2 & 3-5 shows)

Performance Dates: 09-17-2018 @ 09:10am, 09-17-2018 @ 10:40am

Location: Israel Loring Elementary School, Sudbury MA

Odds Bodkin visits Israel Loring Elementary School in Sudbury, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy. After each set of three tales, he asks K-2 and 3-5 students intriguing ethical questions about the tales they have just heard. An anti-bullying, empathy awareness presentation.
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FALL OF THE TITANS/Adult Storytelling at Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 09-23-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

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 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.

A performance for adults. Contains violence and sexuality.

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HEARTPOUNDERS II: More Halloween Tales of Horror

Performance Date: 10-19-2018 @ 8pm

Location: Sweet Beet Market, Bradford NH

HEARTPOUNDERS II: More Halloween Tales of Horror.

Odds Bodkin returns to the newly-renovated Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, New Hampshire, for a second, and different HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror performance. Live accompaniments on 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, Celtic harp and other instruments. This show includes THE PHANTOM TRAIN OF MARSHALL’S PASS, a classic Colorado ghost legend, told with virtuoso flat picking on 6-string guitar.

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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror

Performance Date: 10-26-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Plaistow Town Hall, Plaistow NH

HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror.

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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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST and Bronze Age Greek Lore

Performance Date: 01-13-2019 @ 4pm

Location: Wapping Community Church, South Windsor CT

Odds Bodkin’s Odyssey in South Windsor CT January 2019

THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST and Bronze Age Greek Lore features Odds Bodkin’s 70-minute epic introduction to Homer’s The Odyssey, told in storyteller’s style with music on 12-string guitar. In addition, as he plays Celtic harp, Odds will explore Bronze Age Greek lore: Greek mythology and its origins plus how Singers of Tales like Homer were the cinema of the day.

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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!