BENEATH A WAXING MOON: Outdoors for Scary Stories

My guitars are ready. The stage is being prepared. Even the moon is waxing Friday, Oct. 19th at 8 p.m. at the Sweet Beet in Bradford, NH. It will be poking through the clouds in classic New England Halloween fashion. The weather looks good, too. Mid-forties. No rain.

Here’s a video preview created by Hanna Koby. Scary stories for adults. No kids, please.

Hope to see you there! If you know any NH or MASS folks, please spread the word!

TICKETS $13 in advance, $15 at the cemetery gate.

 

LIVE RECORDING EVENT: Halloween Tales of Horror in Cambridge, MA

Be in the crowd this coming October 28th at 5 p.m. at Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square for a live recording event with storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin. An evening of adult Halloween entertainment.

We’ll be recording the event, so please don’t gasp in horror or fall off off your chair too loudly.

If you have New England friends, please pass the word!

TICKETS: $15

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American Mythology: The Phantom Train of Marshall’s Pass

During the late 1800’s in Colorado, narrow gauge railroads crossed the Great Divide of the Rockies heading for Sante Fe and other parts west. In those days, nothing facilitated the Westward Expansion and what Americans thought of as Manifest Destiny more than the invention of the steam locomotive. The Iron Horse, as it was known.

Various folklores grew up around the railroads, including those of ghostly trains. Much as in earlier seafaring times when folklores centered around phantom ships—the Flying Dutchman being the most famous—where dead souls seeking vengeance chased the living, so too in the early Industrial Age in America similar tales were handed down about the captains of the locomotives. The engineers.

Whether these frightening accounts were actual events or not remains open to debate. Still, they are a part of American mythology.

The attached early map from the Denver and Santa Fe Railroad shows Marshall Pass (in the story, Marshall’s Pass) the topmost rail crossing of the Great Divide. It is at this Rocky Mountain pass that one of the tales I’ll be telling this weekend takes place.

It’s accompanied with a flat-picked score on a Taylor 6-string guitar.

 

DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Friday, October 19th at 8 p.m. at the Sweet Beet, Bradford, New Hampshire.

An outdoor event. Bring warm clothes, chairs and blankets.

Freshly made hot food and drinks available for purchase.

 

Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the gate

Avoid the Jikininki, Eaters of the Slain

Kairyo the samurai quickly left the slain on the battlefield. It was getting toward dark. Once night fell, the Jikininki would emerge from the forest to eat the dead.

It was best to not meet them. They were ghosts of the night woods.

That night he slept far enough away from the river not to hear the voice of the Kawa-Akago, the demon in the water. It used a baby’s cry to lure its unwitting victims to the shore as they searched for the lost child. It struck from just beneath the surface.

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A story excerpt from a Japanese tale of the supernatural.

Come hear it and three other chilling tales this coming Friday night, Oct. 19th, at 8 pm at the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, New Hampshire. Music on two 12-string guitars, 6-string guitar and Celtic harp.

No children, please. An adult evening of storytelling with Odds Bodkin.

Special thanks to Hanna Koby, event producer.

Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the gate.

HORROR TALES FROM THE DEEP VAULT/October 19th Outdoor Show

HORROR TALES FROM THE DEEP VAULT/October 19th Outdoor Show

I stopped performing Sedna the Ocean Mother because it’s just too unsettling, especially in the #MeToo era. Still, I’m going to do it. I haven’t told The Phantom Train of Marshall’s Pass in years because the flat picking on 6-string guitar is so fast. Still, I’m going to do it. I haven’t told The Infallible Doctor since I made the mistake of doing so in New Jersey shortly after 9/11 for schoolkids who, I only learned afterwards, had lost loved ones in the Twin Towers. Despite that bad memory, I’m going to do it. And I’ve never told The Demon Heads ever, so I’m going to debut it and see what people think.

Music on Celtic harp, 12-string guitar and 6-string guitar.

October 19th, 2018 at 8 pm, outdoors at the coolest new food and culture hub in New England, the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, New Hampshire.

Hot chili, freshly baked breads, mulled cider and lots of organics to buy. Bring a blanket or chair, hat and gloves for this outdoor show by the cemetery.

DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the door.

 

BE PART OF A LIVE RECORDING EVENT/DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

BE PART OF A LIVE RECORDING EVENT/DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Long ago I made a recording called Dark Tales of the Supernatural on audio cassette. Years later, when going to digital downloads, I decided not to sell it. That’s not to say that the thousands of kids and grownups who owned it didn’t love it. For decades I’ve gotten emails from young adults asking why it’s not available at my web store, since they remember it from their childhoods. Seems to have stuck in their heads. Mildly haunted by their requests, pardon the pun, I’ve decided to capture the tales fresh, in a live recording event.

It’s happening on Sunday, October 28th at Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. at 5:00 p.m.

Called Heartpounders: Halloween Tales of Horror, the show includes lots of characters and music on two 12-string guitars, a 6-string guitar, an alto recorder and the Celtic harp. You can read about the stories here.

So, if you’d like to be part of a live recording, grab a $15 ticket, now available, and mark your calendar. We’ll share a fun night in the realm of supernatural horror.

And if all goes well, I’ll end up with a new live storytelling album.

–Odds Bodkin

FANTASTICAL GREEK MYTHOLOGY FOR ADULTS this Coming Sunday

Odds Bodkin brings his Celtic harp and 12-string guitar to perform FALL OF THE TITANS at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm. The story of Gaia, her Titan children, and their overthrow by their pea-sized grandchildren, the Gods of Olympus.

Tickets $13

 

FALL OF THE TITANS this coming Sunday in Nashua, NH

FALL OF THE TITANS this coming Sunday in Nashua, NH begins at 7 pm at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar. Adult Greek mythology told with voices and 12-string guitar music. One of Odds Bodkin’s newest epic evenings of storytelling.

Eat, drink and imagine, all in one evening.

Tickets: $13. Get yours today!

 

 

FALL OF THE TITANS/Adult Storytelling in Nashua NH on Sept. 23rd

FALL OF THE TITANS/Adult Storytelling in Nashua NH on Sept. 23rd.

Cronus, her last born Titan, will do anything for power, and so when his mother Gaia asks him to castrate his father, he’s more than willing to do it, but only if he rules the cosmos in his father’s stead. Gaia is so deeply furious with her husband Ouranos that she urges Cronus on. After the deed is done, he hurls the family jewels into the sea, but they don’t sink. Instead, from the bloody package surges a pink froth that shoves a giant seashell up into the waves. When it comes to shore and opens, out steps a tiny, unbelievably beautiful little thing. Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, the first of the Olympians. The eldest of them all.

The Titans have no idea what she is.

That’s a mistake.

And so their fall from power begins.

Fall of the Titans

An adult evening event with storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin. A full score on 12-string guitar accompanies the tale.

Sunday, Sept. 23rd at 7 pm at the Riverwalk Café and Music Bar, Nashua NH.

Tickets $13

Something From Nothing

Most folks are familiar with the Biblical account from the Book of Genesis. How God, the Prime Mover, made the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. It’s a cultural touchstone in our part of the world. Modern science doesn’t support it, but as an early origin story, it’s quite elegant.

1:21  “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

While the ancient Hebrews were erecting monotheism in the Middle East, across the Mediterranean to the northwest, the Greeks were still polytheists; Zeus, Hera, Poseidon et. al. personified forces of nature, but with human foibles. Nevertheless, in the Greek origin story, a Prime Mover did start it all.

They called her Gaia, the Earth.

According to Hesiod, a contemporary of Homer, before Gaia’s appearance, all was absolute darkness. Absolute stillness. Absolute quiet. The Universe essentially did not exist. Only the nothingness the Greeks called Chaos existed, or didn’t, depending on how you look at it. Then Gaia appeared in the Chaos. No stars yet. No sun or moon. No mountains or seas, either. Just a featureless, lifeless globe spinning in total darkness.

If you’d like to hear how this innocent start to existence ended up torn apart by warring Titans and Olympians in a tale of betrayal, castration, hidden babies and super-weapons, get your tickets today for FALL OF THE TITANS. You’ll learn how the Gods of Olympus were born.

An adult storytelling with characters and music on Celtic harp and 12-string guitar.

 

Odds Bodkin’s FALL OF THE TITANS

Sunday, September 23rd 2018 at 7 pm

Riverwalk Café and Music Bar, Nashua NH

 

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.

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.