02-07-2021 @ 5pm
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Back by popular demand, Odds Bodkin returns with Grendel’s Den in Cambridge MA to Zoom 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 12-string 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.
Come settle in for lore on Celtic harp and then the long tale.
A listener’s review:
“This is the version that made me absolutely fall in love with the Beowulf story, and really understand why it has become such a classic piece of literature. There is such life and emotion in the way Bodkin tells it, that you just can’t get from reading it alone. He takes it from being a dry, unsentimental piece of curriculum and spins it into a deeply moving journey, I always find myself crying by the end of it.”