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!

 

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.

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat this Tuesday in NH!

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat this Tuesday in NH!

Odds Bodkin’s LIBRARIES ROCK storytelling show.

With a screaming Gibson SG electric guitar and stomp drum, a 12-string acoustic guitar and an African sanza I’ll be performing my three most musical tales at Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough, NH this Tuesday, June 26th 2018 at 6 p.m.

The show is free and fun for all ages. Three different stories with three different sing-along choruses you’ll learn instantly. Bring the kids and enjoy imagination and music together. An African chant. A rock ‘n’ roll version of The Three Little Pigs. And an Irish tale with a rollicking chorus.

Live storytelling with three different, infectious rhythms. Crazy character voices and vocal effects add to the magic!

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

NEW MUSIC BY ODDS BODKIN AND GAVIN BODKIN/The Faery Hop

NEW MUSIC BY ODDS BODKIN AND GAVIN BODKIN/The Faery Hop

One night recently Gavin, my middle son, and I sat down in the living room to play guitars as we often do when he visits. It’s one of our great joys, extemporizing together. He had the Taylor 6-string and I pulled out my Ron Ho 12-string. Since it was his turn to come up with the idea and my turn to follow wherever he went, I sipped my scotch and listened to his music, a bouncy notion in major to start, almost immediately followed by a very different, percussive slap in minor.

“Okay,” I thought, “here we go.”

As almost everybody experiences at one point or another, sometimes you’re just on. In basketball, it’s when you can’t miss those three pointers, one after another. In our case, it was this three-minute blast of acoustic music. Totally spontaneous and joyous, especially when the shape of the idea fully emerged. It felt like telepathy, as if we were reading each other’s minds.

So I’ve taken that piece and named it The Faery Hop: Musical Telepathy for Duo Guitars and published it at my download shop. It’s unedited from start to finish, and you’ll hear my recliner cushion creaking each time I lean in, but it’s fun to listen to, especially when you know how it was created.

There’s a sample of the beginning to listen to at the shop page.

–Odds Bodkin

SUMMER IS COMING/Intelligent Learning for Well-Adjusted Children

SUMMER IS COMING/Intelligent Learning for Well-Adjusted Children

Here’s a song I wrote and sang long ago with my friend, Steve Schuch. It’s based on my childhood memories of watching The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.

Take a listen. It’s free.

Happy Summer.

Odds Bodkin

 

To discover other songs, music and stories, visit here.

SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS

SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS

Camp Bethel is beautiful and I’m looking forward to spending next weekend in the meadows and hills of Virginia. And, I might add, after the coldest spring in New England that I can recall, in the warmth of the South. I’ve performed at SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS before, but flew in with a single 12-string guitar. This time, though, I’m driving down with two guitars and my Celtic harp, what you might call the full kit of instruments I need in order to widen my choice of tales to offer. Just this morning I’ve been listing which ones the audience might most enjoy. The Elf of Springtime. The Boys and the Frogs. Finn MacCool and the Big Man. Maybe The Storm Breeder, if a scary story works. Although I love playing scores on the 12-strings, the harp really is a kind of musical starship, one that helps me deliver a story to a place no other instrument I know of can. It will be fun to have it with me.

There will be lots of schoolchildren in the audience, and adults, who know well the tradition of storytelling, and I’ll be sharing the stage with Sheila Arnold Jones, Jim May, and Kevin Kling.

So if you know anyone who’d like to hear four storytellers at the top of their games, pass on the word.

 

FUN FOR KIDS IN COLORADO: Magical Stories with Odds Bodkin in May

FUN FOR KIDS IN COLORADO: Magical Stories with Odds Bodkin in May

It’s Friday night, May 25th and you’re sitting in Sunrise Ranch’s auditorium with your kids. Onstage sits a Celtic harp, an African sanza and a 12-string guitar.

“What he going to do, momma?” asks your child.

“He’s going to tell stories about trees.”

“But trees don’t do anything, momma.”

“I have a feeling that in Mr. Bodkin’s stories, trees do all kinds of things. They even talk.”

“Who plays all those instruments?”

“Odds Bodkin.”

“While he’s telling stories?”

“Yep.”

COME CHILD AND SIT WITH ME BENEATH THE WISDOM TREE. A family storytelling concert. Don’t miss it.

Tickets: $15