Past Shows

Beowulf Live

Performance Date: 07-24-2016 @ 7pm

Location: 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, NH 03064

Come see Odds Bodkin perform the Epic Beowulf live at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music bar in Nashua, NH. Be part of a live recording!

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BEOWULF: A Live Recording Event

Performance Date: 07-24-2016 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

With a full 12-string guitar score, Odds Bodkin tells Beowulf. Voices for Beowulf, Hrothgar, Unferth and others, plus vocalizations for Grendel and Grendel’s mother. 90 minutes with intermission. Come feast and drink and enter the elemental world of the ancient Danes and Geats. The Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH.

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The Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Mt

Performance Dates: 08-06-2016 @ 1pm, 08-07-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, MT

Odds takes the Family Stage at the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Montana August 6 & 7, 2016. With 12-string guitar Celtic harp he’ll tell his best, funniest family tales! Saturday and Sunday shows at 1:30 pm!

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Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, MT

Performance Dates: 08-06-2016 @ 1pm, 08-07-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Bozeman, Montana

Join Odds at the Family Stage in Bozeman, MT for the Sweet Pea Festival. Family tales, singalong stories and more, for kids and adults!

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Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival

Performance Date: 08-20-2016 @ 00:00am

Location: Hammondsport, NY

Odds Bodkin performs at 1:00 and 7:00 pm at the Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival in Hammondsport, NY. Visit the Finger Lakes and hear Odds tell tales for children and adults!

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Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival in Hammondsport, NY

Performance Dates: 08-20-2016 @ 2pm, 08-20-2016 @ 7pm

Location: Hammondsport Central School, Hammondsport, NY

Join Odds Bodkin at 1:00 for a children’s show and 7:00 for an adult show at Hammondsport Central School in Hammondsport, New York on the Finger Lakes!

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The Iliad: Book I at Loyola University Maryland

Performance Date: 09-14-2016 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland

Odds returns to Loyola for the 8th year to perform The Iliad: Book I for Honors and Classics students and faculty. Andrew White Student Center at 7:00 p.m.

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THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Loyola’s Classics and Honors Students

Performance Date: 09-15-2016 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore to perform The Iliad: Book I for Honors and Classics students with faculty.

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GOLDEN RULE School Performances (K-2, 3-5)

Performance Date: 09-19-2016 @ 09:15am

Location: Willard Elementary School in Concord, MA

GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS performances at Willard Elementary School in Concord, MA. 9:15 and 10:15 a.m.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST

Performance Date: 10-05-2016 @ 11:00am

Location: Thoreau School, Concord, MA

Odds Bodkin performs The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast for 5th grade students at Thoreau School in Concord, MA.

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TALES OF THE MOON at the Peabody Essex Museum

Performance Date: 10-15-2016 @ 11:00am

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Odds tells TALES OF THE MOON at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. A journey into mythology and moon lore.

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TALES OF THE MOON at the Peabody Essex Museum

Performance Date: 10-15-2016 @ 11:00am

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Odds Bodkin tells three Tales of the Moon on October 15th at 11:00 a.m. onstage at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Storytelling School Residency/Captain Samuel Douglas Academy

Performance Date: 10-19-2016 @ 08:00am

Location: Captain Samuel Douglas Academy, Brookline, NH

A storytelling performance followed by Door to Imagination workshops fill an exciting day of music, creativity and literacy learning for elementary school students.

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DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Performance Date: 10-29-2016 @ 5pm

Location: Warner Town Hall, Warner, NH

Odds Bodkin’s scariest tales told with 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and alto recorder. Recommended for older children to adults.

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TALES OF THE LAND FAMILY CONCERT in Lafayette, CO

Performance Date: 11-02-2016 @ 6pm

Location: Angevine Middle School, Lafayette, CO

Bring the family to laugh, imagine and sing along as Odds tells stories at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado on November 2nd at 6:30 p.m.!

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Storytelling Workshop in Boulder, CO

Performance Date: 11-04-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Boulder Valley UU Fellowship, Boulder, CO

Join Odds from 1-4 at Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Boulder, CO to learn to tell stories. Open to beginners through pros. Stories, cognitive experiments, music and philosophy combine to explore the Five Imaginations and how to use them to tell stories in your own words, without memorization.

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Storytelling Workshop in Boulder, Colorado

Performance Date: 11-04-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Broomfield Community Center, 289 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO

Join Odds for a Door to Imagination Workshop to learn to tell stories in your own words, without memorization. We open the Five Imaginations by using fun cognitive experiments, music, stories and conversation. Great for parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, presenters––anyone who wants to tell stories.

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Storytelling Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado

Performance Dates: 11-04-2016 @ 1pm, -- @ 00:00am

Location: Broomfield Community Center, Broomfield, CO
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Storytelling Workshop in Lafayette, CO

Performance Date: 11-05-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Pioneer Valley Elementary School, Lafayette, CO

Join Odds from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Pioneer Valley Elementary School in Lafayette, CO to learn to tell stories. Open to beginners through pros. Stories, cognitive experiments, music and philosophy combine to explore the Five Imaginations and how to use them to tell stories in your own words, without memorization.

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Storytelling Workshop in Lafayette, Colorado

Performance Date: 11-05-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Lafayette, CO

Join Odds for a Door to Imagination Workshop to learn to tell stories in your own words, without memorization. We open the Five Imaginations by using fun cognitive experiments, music, stories and conversation. Great for parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, presenters––anyone who wants to tell stories.

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GOLDEN RULE: Stories that Teach Empathy

Performance Date: 11-08-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Louisville Elementary School, Louisville, CO

Odds Bodkin visits Louisville Elementary School with Golden Rule: Stories about Empathy. Three stories kids love, with lots of participation, come first. Then, Odds’ asks students ethical questions about the stories. They leave the show singing and knowing about the Golden Rule.

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StoryEarth: Odds Bodkin and Martin Ogle at UColorado

Performance Date: 11-09-2016 @ 7pm

Location: University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex

Odds Bodkin and Naturalist Martin Ogle team up to tell stories and use stunning multimedia to ask if old stories we tell about the Earth can use a science-based update . Bodkin performs Fall of the Titans (adult themes) as part of the show and public conversation.

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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving/School Performance

Performance Date: 12-01-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Elm Street School, Laconia, NH
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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving/School Performance

Performance Date: 12-02-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Woodland Heights School, Laconia, NH

Three tales of giving and kindness capture the spirit of the Holidays for elementary age students.

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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving/School Show

Performance Date: 12-02-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Holy Trinity School, Laconia, NH

Odds Bodkin performs The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving for students and staff at Holy Trinity School in Laconia, New Hampshire. Funded by The Putnam Fund, the performance features 3 tales performed on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, a host of character voices and engaging vocal effects. An Arthurian tale, a Chanukah story and a German folktale comprise the performance.

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THE WINTER CHERRIES: A Family Holiday Concert Performance

Performance Date: 12-07-2016 @ 6pm

Location: Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, NH

Odds Bodkin tells Holiday and Chanuka tales with music, humor and audience participation at Hollis Social Library in Hollis, New Hampshire on December 7th at 6:00 p.m. Three warm, family friendly tales appropriate for all ages! Come re-discover the Spirit of Christmas!

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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving

Performance Date: 12-07-2016 @ 6pm

Location: Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, NH

Odds Bodkin tells Holiday Tales for families at Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road in Hollis, NH. With music on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, he’ll tell two Christmas stories and a Chanuka tale. Sponsored by Hollis Social Library.

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GOLDEN RULE: Choose Kindness (K-3 & 3-5)

Performance Dates: 12-09-2016 @ 09:00am, 12-09-2016 @ 10:05am

Location: Ledge Street Elementary School, Nashua, NH

Odds Bodkin performs Golden Rule: Choose Kindness for K-2 and 3-5 students at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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The Winter Cherries Show: Tales for the Holidays

Performance Date: 12-11-2016 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

Odds Bodkin’s family-friendly show features three tales, Sir Cledges and the Winter Cherries, Chanukah’s Most Generous Man, and The Christmas Cobwebs. Celebrate the Holidays with imagination, humor and warmth. Odds tells these tales with 12-string guitars and Celtic harp.

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StoryScience: An Ancient Earth Myth Meets Modern Science

Performance Date: 12-13-2016 @ 00:00am

Location: Village School, Marblehead, MA

Bodkin performs the Greek myth “Fall of the Titans” about Gaia, her Titans and the birth of the Gods of Olympus for 40 minutes, then lights go down and the storyteller narrates his original multimedia presentation, Buildup of Knowledge. Modern science’s insights into how Earth came to be, how we know its age and how we are currently taking its climatic temperature are shared with images, videos, graphs and maps.

The 90 minute presentation contrasts ancient stories that explained Nature with science’s challenging, but more accurate viewpoint found today.

Learn more about the program at: https://www.oddsbodkin.net/story-science

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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving/School Performance

Performance Date: 12-14-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Laconia Middle School, Laconia, NH

Odds Bodkin tells three tales to a middle school audience at Laconia Middle School in Laconia, New Hampshire. With 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and character voices, Odds will spin his best-known Holiday tales. This performance is made possible by The Putnam Fund.

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The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving/Public Performance

Performance Date: 12-15-2016 @ 6pm

Location: Lane Memorial Library, Hampton NH

Odds Bodkin performs The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales of Giving at the Lane Library in Hampton, New Hampshire on December 15th at 6:30 p.m.

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The Winter Cherries: A Holiday Storytelling Concert in NH

Performance Date: 12-16-2016 @ 6pm

Location: Plainfield Elementary School, Plainfield NH

With his 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, Odds Bodkin tells heart-warming stories for the holidays. Includes The Winter Cherries, his beloved tale from the days of King Arthur, a Chanukah tale and a sing-along story. Appropriate for all ages, this performance begins at 6:00 p.m. at Plainfield Elementary School in Plainfield, New Hampshire. Sponsored by Plainfield Public Library. Bring the whole family!

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ThinAirMusic©:Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad

Performance Date: 12-19-2016 @ 3pm

Location: Morse High School, Bath ME

ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad is a 4-day residency for middle and high students that explores the use of digital instruments in Garage Band software. By learning to create and record original content––music and sound effects––students learn technology, arts and literature in one creative learning process.

Session #1

Each with a personal iPad pre-loaded with the audio “work story” (Bodkin reads with no music or sound effects), students explore “touch instruments”, live recording and creating samples in Garage Band. Strings. Guitars. Keyboards. Percussion. Voice recording. Environmental sounds recording. We explore “smart instruments” versus live recording capability. First multi-tracked test recordings are created by students.

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Odds Bodkin School Performance

Performance Date: 12-19-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Woolwich Central School, Bath ME

Odds Bodkin visits Woolwich Central School in Bath, Maine for a storytelling performance.

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ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad

Performance Date: 12-20-2016 @ 3pm

Location: Morse High School, Bath, ME

ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad is a 4-day residency for middle and high school students that explores the use of digital instruments in Garage Band software. By learning to create and record original content––music and sound effects––students learn technology, arts and literature in one seamless learning process.

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We explore leitmotifs as musical language for characters/situations. What actions or emotions occur in the work story? What are Foley effects? Students create an actions/emotions map for the work story and experiment with leitmotifs in instruments of their choosing. How do I record my music? How do I cut and paste it? How do I delete bad takes? How do I share?

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Odds Bodkin School Performance

Performance Date: 12-20-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Phippsburg Elementary School, Bath, ME
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ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad

Performance Date: 12-21-2016 @ 3pm

Location: Morse High School, Bath, ME

ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad is a 4-day residency for middle and high school students that explores the use of digital instruments in Garage Band software. By learning to create and record original content––music and sound effects––students learn technology, arts and literature in one seamless learning process.

Session #3

Student put skills into practice. Working off their actions/emotions maps, they create and record music and/or Foley effects, multi-tracking beneath the work story. To finish their projects, students are encouraged to work after school.

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Odds Bodkin School Performance

Performance Date: 12-21-2016 @ 12:30am

Location: Bath Middle School, Bath ME

Odds Bodkin visits Bath Middle School in Bath, Maine to perform for 6th through 8th graders.

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ThinAirMusic©:Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad

Performance Date: 12-22-2016 @ 3pm

Location: Morse High School, Bath, ME

ThinAirMusic©: Creating Music and Sounds on the iPad is a 4-day residency for middle and high school students that explores the use of digital instruments in Garage Band software. By learning to create and record original content––music and sound effects––students learn technology, arts and literature in one seamless learning process.

Session #4

Students play their projects for fellow creators, Odds Bodkin and teachers. Bodkin offers suggestions and tips for further independent work by newly-minted digital musicians.

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Odds Bodkin School Performance

Performance Date: 12-22-2016 @ 09:30am

Location: Dike Newell School, Bath ME
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Odds Bodkin School Performance

Performance Date: 12-22-2016 @ 1pm

Location: Fisher Mitchell School, Bath ME
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The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 01-05-2017 @ 11:15am

Location: Park School, Brookline, MA

Odds Bodkin visits The Park School in Brookline, MA for his annual performance of The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast for the 4th grade. This 60-minute Greek mythology performance journeys with Odysseus of Ithaca from inside the Trojan Horse to his escape from the cave of Polyphemus the Cyclops. The performance is accompanied by a full score on 12-string guitar.

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Odin and Thor Battle the Frost Giants: Viking Adventure Myths

Performance Date: 01-08-2017 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge, MA

Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA hosts Odds Bodkin as he performs THOR AND ODIN BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS: VIKING MYTHS OF ADVENTURE on January 8th at 5:30 p.m., with seating commencing at 5:00 p.m.

Two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known lore (Thursday is Thor’s Day; Wednesday is Wotan’s Day) told by Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin. First, a tale of magic and illusion as Thor and Loki journey to Utgard, capital city of their enemies, the Frost Giants. Then, the Mead of Poetry, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his best friend who’s been murdered, his blood brewed into a wisdom-bestowing elixir. Told with 12-string guitar scores and Celtic harp musings, with character voices and vocal effects.

An adult storytelling performance.

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THE FIRST GAME OF THRONES: Fall of the Titans

Performance Date: 01-15-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

This epic Greek myth from Hesiod explains how the Earth came to be, and how Gaia, the original Titan, birthed twelve titan children to create rivers, add salt to the sea and bring prophecy into the world. But when she also gives birth to monsters, her husband’s displeasure leads to a chain of events that rivals Game of Thrones. Revenge, hunger for power and betrayal infect the Titans until Cronus the King devours his own children––the Gods of Olympus––to prevent them from overthrowing him. But Gaia hides the baby Zeus, not knowing that when he grows up he will overthrow them all. Performed by Odds Bodkin with Celtic harp and 12-string guitar, plus a score of characters, this performance is not recommended for children.

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The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast/Holderness School HS Performance

Performance Date: 01-20-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Holderness School, Holderness NH

Odds Bodkin visits Holderness School to perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast for the student body and faculty. While playing leitmotifs on 12-string guitar, Bodkin narrates and enacts characters for Odysseus, his crew, the Lotus Eaters and Polyphemus the Cyclops as he relates the opening scenes of his four-hour epic telling of Homer’s renowned story.

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Fall of the Titans: The Original Game of Thrones

Performance Date: 01-22-2017 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge, MA

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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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST/Eaglebrook School

Performance Date: 01-25-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Eaglebrook School, Deerfield MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA to perform a 60-minute version of THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST. With character voices, vocal effects and narration accompanied by a full score on 12-string guitar, Bodkin relates the adventures of Odysseus, from outside the Gates of Troy through the Great Storm and onto the Isle of the Lotus Eaters. The telling culminates with the horror inside the Cave of the Cyclops, and the Greeks’ escape after blinding the monster.

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Beowulf: The Only One

Performance Date: 01-29-2017 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge, MA

Odds Bodkin’s latest epic tale, told with 12-string guitar music, is rugged, bloody and true to the original poem. Grateful to a Danish king for saving his father, a fearless Beowulf sails to Denmark to kill Grendel, a raiding demon. With Celtic harp extemporizations, Bodkin fills in the tale with some Viking history, including the Medieval Climate Optimum, even how Viking dragon ships were water-proofed.

A performance for adults.

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GOLDEN RULE: Choose Kindness for K-2 & 3-5

Performance Date: 02-01-2017 @ 09:15am

Location: Alcott Elementary School in Concord, MA

Two GOLDEN RULE performances at Alcott Elementary School in Concord, MA for early grades and upper grades schoolchildren.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS show in Framingham, MA

Performance Date: 02-03-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Potter Road Elementary School, Framingham, MA

Odds Bodkin visits Potter Road Elementary School in Framingham, MA to offer GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS, a show that combines stories with follow-up ethical discussions with students. Imaginatively spellbound students find themselves filled with the desire to answer questions posed by three stories. Available for K-2 and 3-6 audiences.

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WORLDS APART: TALES FOR LOVERS/performance at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 02-05-2017 @ 4pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

For Valentine’s Day, master storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin tells two long love tales, The Crane Wife from ancient Japan, performed with pentatonically prepared Celtic harp, and The Dame Ragnell, a moving and hilarious version of Chretien de Troyes’ 14th century feminist tale, performed with character voices and a full score on 12-string guitar.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS school shows for Grades K-2 & 3-5

Performance Date: 02-10-2017 @ 12:00am

Location: Thompson Elementary School, Arlington MA

Odds Bodkin visits Thompson Elementary School in Arlington MA to tell GOLDEN RULE stories with follow-up ethics questions for Grades K-2 and 3-5. Each performance includes three tales from around the world told with characters, vocal effects and music on African sanza, 12-string guitars and Celtic harp.

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The Loathly Lady and the Magic Wife: Love Stories

Performance Date: 02-12-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

To save King Arthur’s life, Sir Gawain agrees to marry the Dame Ragnell, the world’s most hideous woman. No one knows who she really is, but hilarity ensues when she shows up for the wedding and makes Gawain a happy man. A moving love story about appearances and illusions, performed with character voices and 12-string guitar.

A mysterious young woman appears at a lonely sailmaker’s door during a storm. She stays, becomes his wife and fulfills him until he learns she can weave magic sails. Her only condition: never watch me as I work. He has no idea how magical she is until it’s too late. Performed with character voices and a haunting score on Celtic harp tuned to Japanese scales.

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GOLDEN RULE for Kindergarteners/Belmont, MA

Performance Date: 02-16-2017 @ 10:15am

Location: Wellington Elementary School, Belmont MA

Odds Bodkin visits Wellington School in Belmont, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: STORIES THAT TEACH EMPATHY to kindergarteners with a follow-up set of questions for the young audience. Tales include THE NAME OF THE TREE from Africa, THE WIND AND THE SUN from Aesop, and THE TALE OF THE KITTENS from Italy. Music on 12-string guitar, African thumb piano and Celtic harp accompany the stories. Bodkin welcomes the children with Celtic harp extemporizations prior to the show.

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AWESOME TALES for Grades 3-6 School Performance

Performance Date: 02-17-2017 @ 08:45am

Location: Salisbury Elementary School, Salisbury MA

Odds Bodkin visits Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, MA to perform AWESOME TALES for 3-6 graders. Three stories from cultures around the world accompanied by original music and character voices bring wisdom and empathy to imaginative life for students.

Supported through the Salisbury Cultural Council Grant – a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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FANTASTIC FAIRYTALES for Grades K-2

Performance Date: 02-17-2017 @ 09:50am

Location: Salisbury Elementary School, Salisbury MA

Odds Bodkin visits Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, MA to perform FANTASTIC FAIRYTALES for Grades K-2. Using Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments, Odds tells tales that young children love and learn from, all the while imagining vividly.

Supported through the Salisbury Cultural Council Grant – a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS shows for K-2 & 3-5

Performance Date: 02-23-2017 @ 08:45am

Location: Brookfield Elementary School, Brookfield VT

Odds Bodkin visits Brookfield Elementary School in Vermont to offer two GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS performances for K-2 and 3-5 students. Each show contains three stories followed by ethical questions that urge students to consider the benefits of empathy and kindness.

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Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully/Middle School Show

Performance Date: 03-09-2017 @ 08:00am

Location: North Andover Middle School, North Andover, MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Andover Middle School for the 7th year in a row to perform Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully. The hour-long performance followed by a Q&A is Bodkin’s empathy-awareness program for middle school students. Trapped in the Underworld, Hercules has to tell his own life story to Hades and Persephone in order to ascend to Mt. Olympus. His youthful rages and murders, his Twelve Labors and final discovery of seeing himself through the eyes of others leaves a lasting impression on young teens, both boys and girls.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS/2 Elementary School Shows

Performance Date: 03-10-2017 @ 08:30am

Location: Garrison Elementary School, Dover NH

Odds Bodkin visits Thompson Elementary School in Dover, NH for two GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS empathy-awareness storytelling performances with follow-up questions for students. Young audiences of K-2 and 3-5 graders are each welcomed with harp extemporizations, then hear three stories from around the world.

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Door to Imagination Workshop/Round Hill Community Church

Performance Date: 03-12-2017 @ 09:00am

Location: Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT

Odds Bodkin visits Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, CT to tell stories and conduct a Door to Imagination Workshop for the community. For information contact Reverend Ed Horstmann.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS (2 elementary school shows)

Performance Date: 03-23-2017 @ 08:40am

Location: Birch Meadow Elementary School, Reading MA

With Celtic harp, African thumb piano and 12-string guitar, Odds Bodkin offers two different GOLDEN RULE performances with follow-up conversation with students in grades K-2 and 3-5. Stories from around the world that urge children to consider empathy are followed by Odds’ intriguing ethical questions.

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast/Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square

Performance Date: 04-02-2017 @ 8pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Meet Odysseus of Ithaca inside the Trojan Horse, about to bring down Troy after ten years of siege. He longs for his wife and son. Little does he know he’s about to embark on the epic adventure that bears his name. There is death on the beach at Ismaros followed by drugged Lotus Eaters on a strange island, but nothing prepares him for the horrors inside the Cave of the Cyclops. Trapped with his men who are being devoured two by two, Odysseus must use his legendary wits to escape the beast Polyphemus without killing him.

Experience Odds Bodkin’s renowned epic telling of Homer’s The Odyssey as the master storyteller accompanies himself on thunderous 12-string guitar while enacting vivid characters. A feast for the Mind’s Eye. Odds includes an introduction to the tale on Celtic harp.

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INDIA’S ANCIENTS: Tales from The Mahabharata and Beyond/Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square

Performance Date: 04-09-2017 @ 8pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

King Yudisthira’s time to die has come, but his brothers and wife won’t let him journey to Mt. Kailasa alone. When a stray dog insists on following them, the travelers don’t mind. Awaiting them, high in the snows, are the gates to the Celestial City, guarded by the God of a Thousand Eyes. But the journey proves to be terrifying, and one by one, Bhima, Arjuna and even Draupadi perish on the road to the Silver Mountain. Only the King and the dog make it to the gates. What happens next is one of the most mind-blowing endings to any story Odds Bodkin knows.

He’ll tell Yudisthira at Heaven’s Gate from The Mahabharata and other unforgettable stories from India in this magical performance, self-accompanied with sitar-like music played on 12-string guitars, vocal effects and vivid character voices.

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HERCULES IN HELL/Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square

Performance Date: 04-23-2017 @ 8pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

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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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast/High School Performance

Performance Date: 04-26-2017 @ 08:45am

Location: F.W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Parker Charter Essential School to perform a high school version of THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for 9th and 10th graders. Accompanied by 12-string guitar, Mr. Bodkin enacts numerous characters, creates vocal sound effects and narrates this 70-minute tale.

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A DAY OF STORIES: K, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Grade Levels/Evening Family Performance

Performance Date: 05-03-2017 @ 08:00am

Location: Page Hilltop School, Ayer MA

Odds Bodkin offers a special day of brief, grade-appropriate storytellings for K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Page Hilltop School in Ayer, Massachusetts, followed by a public evening performance for families. Music on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp, African sanza and alto recorder flavor the tales in each 20-minute show.

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THE ODYSSEY for the New Hampshire Classical Association

Performance Date: 05-05-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Dana Center, St. Anselm College, Manchester , NH

Six hundred Latin students from New Hampshire high schools visit St. Anselm College’s Dana Center to receive awards and hear master storyteller Odds Bodkin perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS (3 elementary school shows)

Performance Date: 05-12-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Danville Elementary School, Danville NH

Odds Bodkin performs 3 GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS performances for K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 grade levels during the day. Each performance features three tales from around the world followed by Odds’ intriguing ethical questions for his young listeners. GOLDEN RULE is designed to urge children to practice kindness and empathy in their lives. Music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST/School Performance

Performance Date: 05-16-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Sacred Heart School, Greenwich CT

Odds Bodkin visits Sacred Heart School in Greenwich, CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for students and faculty.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST/Special 4th Grade Version

Performance Date: 05-16-2017 @ 09:00am

Location: Old Greenwich School, Greenwich, CT

Odds Bodkin visits Old Greenwich School in Greenwich, CT to perform a special 4th grade-appropriate version of The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS for Kindergarteners

Performance Date: 05-24-2017 @ 09:15am

Location: Memorial Elementary School, Natick MA

Odds Bodkin visits Memorial Elementary School in Natick, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS to kindergarteners. He includes follow-up questions for his young listeners.

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Evening Performance of GOLDEN RULE Empathy Stories for Title I Families

Performance Date: 05-25-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Pencook Elementary School, Penacook NH

Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin visits Penacook Elementary School for an evening performance of GOLDEN RULE: STORIES THAT TEACH EMPATHY for Title I families. Encouraging reading and imagination, Odds tells fun family stories with follow-up questions for the audience about kindness and compassion for others.

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INDIA’S ANCIENTS: Tales from the Mahabharata and Beyond

Performance Date: 05-28-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

King Yudisthira’s time to die has come, but his brothers and wife won’t let him journey to Mt. Kailasa alone. When a stray dog insists on following them, the travelers don’t mind. Awaiting them, high in the snows, are the gates to the Celestial City, guarded by the God of a Thousand Eyes. But the journey proves to be terrifying, and one by one, Bhima, Arjuna and even Draupadi perish on the road to the Silver Mountain. Only the King and the dog make it to the gates. What happens next is one of the most mind-blowing endings to any story Odds Bodkin knows.

He’ll tell Yudisthira at Heaven’s Gate from The Mahabharata and other unforgettable stories from India in this magical performance, self-accompanied with sitar-like music played on 12-string guitars, vocal effects and vivid character voices.

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS All-School Performance

Performance Date: 05-31-2017 @ 2pm

Location: Sanderson Academy Elementary School, Ashfield MA

Odds Bodkin visits Sanderson Academy Elementary School to perform GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS for a Pre-K through Sixth grade audience.

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A Family Stories Extravaganza in Glen Providence Park

Performance Date: 06-03-2017 @ 5pm

Location: Glen Providence Park, Media PA

Bring a picnic and the kids for Odds Bodkin’s FAMILY STORIES EXTRAVAGANZA in Glen Providence Park in Media, PA on June 3rd at 5:00 pm. Odds will bring his harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments to help him tell his funniest family-friendly stories. Babies welcome! Usually even they listen!

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GOLDEN RULE: CHOOSE KINDNESS for K-3 & 4-5

Performance Date: 06-16-2017 @ 12:20am

Location: Blanchard Memorial School, Boxborough MA

Odds Bodkin visits Blanchard Memorial School in Boxborough, MA to offer two performances of his empathy-awareness storytelling program, GOLDEN RULE for grades K-3 and 4-6. In each show, three stories are followed up with Odds’ intriguing ethical questions for the audience.

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HERCULES IN HELL

Performance Date: 06-25-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua, NH

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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Acoustic Music Porch Concert/12-String Guitars and Celtic Harp

Performance Date: 07-01-2017 @ 10:00am

Location: Sweet Beet Market, 11 West Main Street, Bradford NH

Odds Bodkin will offer an Acoustic Music Porch Concert on Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m-Noon at the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, New Hampshire. He’ll extemporize on two 12-string guitars and Celtic harp for visitors to Sweet Beet during Bradford’s 4th of July festivities. Instead of telling tales with music, Odds will play a series of original pieces of music for customers as they come and go from Bradford’s newest and coolest business, the new storefront for the Kearsarge Food Hub. Located at 11 West Main Street, Sweet Beet Market offers fresh produce and locally sourced food products in its shop at the old Bradford Inn, currently being converted into a multi-purpose facility and venue.

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Stories at the Stone House/Private Family Performance

Performance Date: 07-11-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Newbury NH

Odds Bodkin performs at a private gathering.

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Family Gathering Performance

Performance Date: 07-15-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Roscoe Campsite Park, Roscoe, NY

Odds Bodkin says thanks to his web designer and mentor, Dave Ventresca, by offering a kids’ performance and adult performance to Dave’s extended family.

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Outdoor Campfire Tales

Performance Date: 07-28-2017 @ 8pm

Location: Camp Glen Brook, Marlborough NH

Odds Bodkin visits Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, New Hampshire for an evening of tales for 4th-9th grade campers.

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WHEN THE MOON DANCED WITH THE SUN: Tales for an Eclipse!

Performance Date: 08-10-2017 @ 3pm

Location: Dighton Public Library, Dighton MA

Join Odds Bodkin, master storyteller and musician, for an afternoon of cosmic tales to celebrate the solar eclipse! How can the Moon possibly have twenty-seven star wives without annoying the Sun? When moon fairies show up during an eclipse, can they really save a girl’s life? Odds tells these and other stories with character voices, natural vocal effects and live music played on Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments.

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A Family Stories Extravaganza at The Livery at Sunapee Harbor

Performance Date: 08-11-2017 @ 7pm

Location: The Livery, Sunapee NH

Bring the kids (even babies listen!) to hear Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin use wild voices, amazing natural sound effects
and live music on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp to tell fun, family-friendly stories. Called “a consummate storyteller” by The New York Times, Odds creates “imagination movies” in a storytelling style that Wired calls “one of the great voices in American storytelling.” From performances at Lincoln Center to The White House, this New Hampshire artist now brings his infectiously fun Family Stories Extravaganza to The Livery at Sunapee Harbor.

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CAMP! Stories for Kid Campers in Vermont

Performance Date: 08-16-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Camp Farnsworth Girl Guides Camp, Thetford VT

Odds Bodkin joins storytellers Simon Brooks and Karen Pillsworth for his 4th appearance at CAMP!, a special experience for special kids.

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WHEN THE MOON DANCED WITH THE SUN: Tales for an Eclipse!

Performance Date: 08-17-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Whipple Free Library, New Boston, NH

Join Odds Bodkin, master storyteller and musician, for an evening of cosmic tales to celebrate the solar eclipse! How can the Moon possibly have twenty-seven star wives without annoying the Sun? When moon fairies show up during an eclipse, can they really save a girl’s life? Odds tells these and other stories with character voices, natural vocal effects and live music played on Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments.

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The Lighter Side of Odds Bodkin: A Collection of Humorous Tales

Performance Date: 08-20-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Funny, urbane tales from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Africa, China and other lands. Some with songs. Musical scores on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and African sanza (thumb piano). Unless you’ve seen Odds Bodkin perform for family audiences, you probably haven’t heard these vivid, hilarious stories, many with an infectious beat and a chance to get crazy. Kids are welcome, too!

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WHEN THE MOON DANCED WITH THE SUN: Tales for an Eclipse!

Performance Date: 08-21-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Fiske Free Library, Claremont NH

Join Odds Bodkin, master storyteller and musician, for an afternoon of cosmic tales to celebrate the solar eclipse! How can the Moon possibly have twenty-seven star wives without annoying the Sun? When moon fairies show up during an eclipse, can they really save a girl’s life? Odds tells these and other stories with character voices, natural vocal effects and live music played on Celtic harp, 12-string guitars and other instruments.

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast/University Level

Performance Date: 09-14-2017 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore MD

Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore to perform THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast for Honors and Classics students.

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LIVING BEYOND HOPE AND FEAR: Boulder Climate Symposium 2017

Performance Dates: 09-16-2017 @ 7pm, 09-17-2017 @ 3pm, 09-16-2017 @ 10:45am, 09-16-2017 @ 2pm

Location: Shambhala Center, 1434 Spruce Street, Boulder CO

Odds Bodkin visits Boulder, Colorado to present climate storytelling workshops and an evening performance at LIVING BEYOND HOPE AND FEAR: WARRIOR PRINCIPLE, CLIMATE ACTION, a climate symposium hosted by Shambhala Center September 15-17, 2017.

On Saturday the 16th, Odds will offer special DOOR TO IMAGINATION workshops for climate scientists and activists that focus on how to tell compelling stories about climate issues, one at 10:45 a.m. with a repeat workshop at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., with Celtic harp, 12-string guitar and computer, he’ll perform two tales, THE ELF OF SPRINGTIME on Celtic harp (children welcome) and then, GAIA: FALL OF THE TITANS, his epic version of Hesiod’s THEOGONY, the ancient Greek creation myth, on 12-string guitar. Then, to contrast ways of knowing, he presents his multimedia movie, BUILDUP OF KNOWLEDGE with live narration.

On Sunday the 17th he’ll lead a plenary session to explore how to move into the world armed with compelling climate-related stories.

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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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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy

Performance Date: 10-26-2017 @ 1pm

Location: Woodland Community School, Bethlehem NH

Odds Bodkin visits Woodland Community School to perform GOLDEN RULE for a K-12 audience in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

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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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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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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 11-08-2017 @ 12:00am

Location: Greens Farms Academy, Westport CT

Odds Bodkin visits Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast for 9th and 10th grade students. After the 70-minute performance, he follows with a brief Q&A.

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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 in Plainfield, NH

Performance Date: 11-17-2017 @ 6pm

Location: Plainfield Town Hall, Plainfield NH

• 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

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 in Colebrook, NH

Performance Date: 11-26-2017 @ 2pm

Location: Tillotson Center, Colebrook NH

Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin (“a consummate storyteller”—The New York Times) weaves masterful music on Celtic harp and 12-string guitars with a cast of voice creations and uncanny sound effects to tell THE WINTER CHERRIES: Tales for the Holidays. A miraculous Christmas Eve adventure from the days of King Arthur. A Chanukah tale of generosity with a startling surprise ending. And a song-filled German folktale of gratitude where we all sing together.

Like movies for the imagination, these tales dive deep into the true spirit of the Holidays. Poverty and wealth. Generosity and greed. Physical things versus acts of kindness. All told with plenty of humor and lots of warmth.

THE WINTER CHERRIES is appropriate for all audiences. Join this New Hampshire artist who Wired Magazine calls “one of the great voices in American storytelling.”

Sponsored by Colebrook Public Library, the performance will be held at The Tillotson Center in Colebrook, New Hampshire at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 26th, 2017.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-2 & 3-5

Performance Date: 11-30-2017 @ 09:00am

Location: Lura A. White Elementary School, Shirley MA

Odds Bodkin visits Lura A. White Elementary School in Shirley, MA for two GOLDEN RULE performances. Different sets of tales for each show lead to a Q&A with students in response to Odds’ intriguing ethical questions based on the stories. GOLDEN RULE is a unique approach to issues of bullying versus kindness that one principal praised as “the best anti-bullying program we’ve ever had, hands down.”

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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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IN-CLASS WORKSHOP about The Odyssey at Lawrence Academy

Performance Date: 01-12-2018 @ 12:00am

Location: Lawrence Academy, Groton MA

With his 12-string guitar, Odds Bodkin visits three 9th grade classes at Lawrence Academy prior to his evening performance of The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast. He demonstrates the musical leitmotifs students will hear, and how they convey emotions, and how Homer recited his epics using voices and music on the lyre. Imagination’s link to memory as a cognitive skill comes next. He’ll then delve into life in the Bronze Age and how the ancient Greeks viewed life, death and the mysteries of nature.

Workshop sessions are at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Once We Were Kids. Now We’re Parents Ourselves. Come Tell Us Stories!

Performance Date: 01-13-2018 @ 11:00am

Location: Chichester, NH

Odds Bodkin performs for a large family gathering to celebrate a month of birthdays. Kids who grew up with Odds’ stories––now parents themselves––have asked him to do this private show.

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EPIC VIKING MYTHS at Schoodacs of Warner

Performance Date: 01-21-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Schoodacs of Warner, Warner NH

With live music, characters and vocal effects, Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin tells two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known Viking lore (Did you know that Thursday is Thor’s Day and Wednesday is Wotan’s Day?).

First Odds offers background lore accompanied with Celtic harp. When did the Vikings travel and what was their mythic worldview? Why did they believe that Yggdrasil, the World Ash tree, held up the Nine Worlds of their cosmos? Learn how Viking travels during the Medieval Warm Period ended up naming Russia itself.

Then, accompanied by thunderous 12-string guitar, a tale of magic and illusion unfolds as Thor and Loki journey to Utgard, capital city of their enemies, the Frost Giants. At first they are confident, but all is not as it seems. A tale filled with both humor and adventure, with a stunning surprise ending.

After intermission, Odds offers more lore, and then performs The Mead of Poetry, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his murdered best friend. Evil dwarves have brewed Kvasir’s blood into a wisdom-bestowing elixir, but already is has changed hands. Told with a haunting 12-string guitar score and wild sound effects, not to mention the voices of numerous giants, this story is filled with intrigue, seduction, betrayal and murder.

Typical Viking fare, these stories are recommended for mature children through adults. Two hours of high-end imagination entertainment in an intimate setting.

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THE ILIAD: BOOK I at Groton School

Performance Date: 01-26-2018 @ 8pm

Location: Groton School, Groton MA

Odds Bodkin visits Groton School in Groton, MA to perform THE ILIAD: BOOK I for high school students. The tale, accompanied with themes on 12-string guitar, encompasses the Judgement of Paris as lead-in mythic material to Book I of Homer’s Greek mythology classic. The tale includes character voices for Achilles, Agamemnon, Khryses the Priest, Khalkas the Diviner, Odysseus and others. Also included are voices for Athena, Hera, Aphrodite, Zeus, Hephaestus and Paris Alexandros. Mr. Bodkin offers an introduction accompanied with Celtic harp that explores Bronze Age life and spirituality in an age before the printing press.

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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: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 02-07-2018 @ 09:30am

Location: Memorial Elementary School, Natick MA

Odds Bodkin visits Memorial Elementary School in Natick, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy, for kindergarteners. He’ll tell three fun, participatory stories with music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar, and then follow up with intriguing ethical questions for the children.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy/Middle School Level

Performance Date: 02-08-2018 @ 1pm

Location: Hoosac Valley Middle School

Odds Bodkin visits Hoosac Valley Middle School for a special middle-school-appropriate performance of GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY. A Q&A about ethics follows the three tales in the show.

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GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY Evening Performance for Elementary School Families

Performance Date: 02-08-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Hoosac Valley Elementary School, Adams MA

Odds Bodkin visits Hoosac Valley Elementary School for a Reading Night performance of GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST: Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 02-11-2018 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin return to Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square to perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast, his renowned modern adaptation of Homer’s classic tale. With Greek myths backstory explained while he plays Celtic harp, Bodkin picks up his 12-string guitar and sudden wind and seabirds set the scene for the tale. Follow Odysseus of Ithaca and his men from inside the Trojan Horse all the way to their escape from the Cave of the Cyclops.

A college freshman who attended The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast in 2017 writes:

“I also wanted to talk about how fantastic the Odds Bodkin performance was! I didn’t know what to expect and I was completely blown away by the whole thing. The way he told the stories was so captivating! With all of the sounds he was able to make, the unique voices of each person, and intricate guitar playing…it was unbelievable. I was hanging on each and every word and if possible I would have stayed all night long. I can’t wait to go next year if he comes to Loyola again!!! With all of the sensory details he provided it really was as if I was there, during ancient times, transported to 700 B.C. in the “Belly of the Beast” so to speak. I absolutely loved his Polyphemus voice, the old man/priest in Apollo’s temple who gave Odysseus the brandy, the men who accompanied him during the travels, the people in the lotus flower scene within the ivy of the sickly-sweet perfumed island–everything! The way he created such a vivid scene made imagining a transcendent and effortless gift. While I don’t think I blinked for five minutes straight because I was in complete awe of his talent and skill, other times I would close my eyes for a brief moment to fully picture it.”

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GOLDEN RULE: Evening Performance for Title I Families (elementary school level)

Performance Date: 02-22-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Lunenberg Elementary School, Lunenberg VT

Odds Bodkin performs GOLDEN RULE––stories about empathy followed by ethical questions––for Title I readers and their families in this evening performance.

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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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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 03-02-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, West Barnstable MA

Odds Bodkin visits Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School to perform GOLDEN RULE for grades K-3. Three tales followed by intriguing ethical questions urge students to consider kindness in social situations.

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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE at the Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 03-04-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH to perform BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, his epic telling of BEOWULF. A full original score on 12-string guitar underlies narrations and character voices for Beowulf, the monsters Grendel and Grendel’s Mother, King Hrothgar of the Danes, faithful Wyglaf and others. A powerful adult tale of mass murder, faith and gratitude featuring one of the greatest heroes of literature. Includes episodes spanning the entire epic, from Beowulf’s triumph over Grendel to his battle with the Fire Dragon fifty years later.

Recording available at Odds Bodkin’s download shop.

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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE/Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 03-11-2018 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits Grendel’s Den in Cambridge MA to perform 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 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.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 03-15-2018 @ 3pm

Location: 15 Charter Road, Acton MA

Odds Bodkin visits Acton-Boxborough School District to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stores About Empathy for an after-school audience of schoolchildren. Three tales are followed by Odds’ intriguing ethical questions for students. Music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for K-2 students

Performance Date: 03-19-2018 @ 09:30am

Location: Birch Meadow Elementary School, Reading MA

Odds Bodkin visits Birch Meadow Elementary School in Reading, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy, for kindergarteners through second graders. He’ll tell three fun, participatory stories with music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar, and then follow up with intriguing ethical questions for the children.

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ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS/Adult Storytelling at the Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 04-01-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Music Bar to perform ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS: VIKING MYTHS OF ADVENTURE on Sunday night, April 1 at 7:00 p.m..

Eat and drink adult beverages like a Viking, then hear two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known lore (Thursday is Thor’s Day; Wednesday is Wotan’s Day). First, a tale of magic and illusion as Thor and Loki journey to the city of their enemies, the Frost Giants. Meet Thor, big, strong, slightly dim and lovable, along with Loki, everything Thor is not. You’ll hear characterizations for these mythic characters, along with peasants and immense giants. And of course, a full score on 12-string guitar. Then, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his best friend who’s been murdered, his blood brewed into a wisdom-bestowing elixir. Hear another 12-string, along with more music and voices for dwarves, a dangerous, lonely giantess, and Odin himself.

Plus little-known Viking lore (Russia was named after the Vikings?) explained as Odds plays Celtic harp and shows his scholarly side.

Adventure, humor and great acoustic music!

“one of the great voices in American storytelling”—Wired

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST at Hillsboro-Deering Middle School

Performance Date: 04-03-2018 @ 08:15am

Location: Hillsboro-Deering Middle School, Hillsboro NH

Odds Bodkin visits Hillsboro-Deering Middle School to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for middle school students. Accompanied by a score on 12-string guitar, the seventy-five minute tale journeys with Odysseus of Ithaca from the Gates of Troy through his escape from the Cyclops’ Cave. It features narrative, numerous characters, vocal effects and hypnotic music performed in-the-moment.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 04-11-2018 @ 09:30am

Location: Center Woods Elementary School, Weare NH

Odds Bodkin visits Center Woods Elementary School in Weare, NH to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for schoolchildren. After the three tales, he asks them intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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HERCULES THE LEGENDARY BULLY for Middle School Students

Performance Date: 04-13-2018 @ 08:30am

Location: The Cooperative Middle School, Stratham, NH

Odds Bodkin visits the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, New Hampshire to perform HERCULES THE LEGENDARY BULLY for middle school students. The ancient Greek myth about madness, bullying, murder, hope and redemption sets a powerful example of a human life, one lived with great power and fraught with mistakes. Using a 12-string guitar score, Odds enacts numerous characters to bring the tale to life. He then takes questions from students about the story’s content.

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SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS Music and Story Festival in Virginia

Performance Dates: 04-27-2018 @ 10:00am, 04-28-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Fincastle, VA

Odds Bodkin visits Camp Bethel in Fincastle, VA to join storytellers Kevin Kling, Sheila Arnold Jones and Jim May plus The Company Store Band for the Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling and Music Festival. Located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the festival takes place on 470 acres of streams, mountains and meadows. Odds will bring his stories told with music on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and other instruments to perform for schoolchildren and the public. Save the dates: April 27 & 28, 2018!

Here’s the schedule!

Friday, April 27, 2018
5:30pm Doors Open. Soups, salads & snacks/drinks available.
7:00-9:00pm Evening Olio: Kevin, Odds, Sheila, Jim (order of performers may vary)
9:15-9:45pm Campfire with Storytellers, including s’mores (weather permitting & bring your flashlight!)

Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:30am Doors Open: Snacks & drinks available.
​9:45am Morning Olio: Kevin, Odds, Sheila, Jim (order of performers may vary)
12:00pm Lunch Break with Blue Ridge Dance Fitness Cloggers
1:00-2:00pm: Kevin Kling & Sheila Arnold Jones
2:00-3:00pm: Jim May & Odds Bodkin
3:00pm Music & more by The Company Store Band
3:00pm Guided Nature Walk (weather permitting)
4:00pm Short Olio: Kevin, Odds, Sheila, Jim (order of performers may vary)
5:00pm Dinner Break and “Swapping Ground”
6:00pm Music & more by The Company Store Band
7:00-9:00pm Evening Kevin, Odds, Sheila, Jim (order of performers may vary)

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GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY

Performance Date: 05-03-2018 @ 10:30am

Location: Infant Jesus School, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin visits Infant Jesus School in Nashua, NH to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for schoolchildren. After the three tales, he asks them intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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A Performance for Young Storytellers in New York State

Performance Date: 05-10-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Pavilion Central Middle School, Pavilion NY

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership invites student storytellers onstage each year to try their storytelling skills before a live audience. This year, Odds Bodkin is the professional storyteller who will anchor the event with a special performance.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Kindergarteners

Performance Date: 05-18-2018 @ 09:30am

Location: Lilja Elementary School, Natick, MA

Odds Bodkin visits Lilja Elementary School in Natick, MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for kindergarteners. After the three tales, he asks them intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 05-31-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Bartlett Elementary School, Manchester NH

Odds Bodkin visits Bartlett Elementary School in Manchester NH for an evening family performance GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST at Broomfield Middle-High School, Harvard MA

Performance Date: 06-11-2018 @ 08:45am

Location: Broomfield Middle-High School, Harvard MA

Odds Bodkin visits Broomfield Middle-High School in Harvard, MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in a classics event for grades 6-12. Bodkin scores the tale with 12-string guitar and enacts numerous characters including Odysseus, the Lotus Eaters and Polyphemus the Cyclops. Time permitting, he then takes questions from the audience.

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LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 06-26-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Fuller Public Library, Hillsborough 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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ODDS BODKIN FREE MUSIC CONCERT/Harp and Guitars

Performance Date: 06-30-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Sweet Beet Market, Bradford NH

Odds Bodkin brings his 12-string guitars and Celtic harp for a morning of free-flowing instrumental music. Pull up a chair, order some breakfast from the Sweet Beet Market, and enjoy this informal porch concert.

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LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Songs With A Solid Beat

Performance Date: 07-02-2018 @ 1pm

Location: Ossippe Town Hall, Ossippee NH

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Stories With A Solid Beat with Odds Bodkin
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.”

Supported by the Ossippee Town Library.

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LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales With a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 07-11-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Smyth Public Library, Candia 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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A FAMILY STORIES EXTRAVAGANZA: Free to the Public

Performance Date: 07-16-2018 @ 2pm

Location: Brown Memorial Library, Bradford NH

Odds Bodkin donates a free to the public FAMILY STORIES EXTRAVAGANZA performance at Brown Memorial Library in Bradford, NH. Families welcome. Enjoy stories for all ages with live music on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and African sanza.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 07-25-2018 @ 2pm

Location: Amherst Elementary School, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin performs GOLDEN RULE for YMCA campers in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 07-26-2018 @ 2pm

Location: Fairground Elementary School, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin performs GOLDEN RULE for campers in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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

Performance Dates: 09-21-2018 @ 09:00am, 09-21-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Pleasant Street School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for grades K-2 and 3-5. Each distinct performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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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 on 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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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 09-25-2018 @ 08:30am

Location: Holy Trinity School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Holy Trinity School in Laconia NH for a performance of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy. The performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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

Performance Dates: 09-27-2018 @ 09:00am, 09-27-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Elm Street Elementary School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Elm Street Elementary School in Laconia NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for grades K-2 and 3-5. Each distinct performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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

Performance Dates: 10-15-2018 @ 09:00am, 10-15-2018 @ 10:00am

Location: Woodland Heights School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Woodland Heights School in Laconia NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for grades K-2 and 3-5. Each distinct performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL: All New Horror Tales/Outdoors at the Sweet Beet Market

Performance Date: 10-19-2018 @ 8pm

Location: Sweet Beet Market, Bradford NH

Storyteller Odds Bodkin returns to the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, NH for an outdoor performance of 4 new tales of horror for adults. No children please.

RAIN DATE: Saturday, Sept. 20th at 8:00 pm.

The Demon Heads
Lost in the forest, a former samurai, now a Shinto priest, is taken in by men and women living in a hut. After protectively praying half the night, he discovers his five hosts’ headless bodies outside in the moonlight. Seeing no signs of a struggle and no blood, he realizes that out in the darkness, the ravenous, flying heads of the rokuro-kubi are gnawing at worms and squirrels, and that unless he fights back, they will soon fight over the best pieces of him. Told with characters, absolutely disgusting vocal effects and music on 12-string guitar.

The Infallible Doctor
In this old Latvian tale, a man meets Death on the road and to be spared strikes a deal: Death wants to be his first-born son’s godfather, and the terrified man agrees. Years later, the gifted boy, now a doctor, is famous because only he can see Death at the foot of the bed if the patient is to die. But then a beautiful girl enters the picture and the infallible doctor is torn between his fame and ordinariness. Told with numerous characters, vocal effects and a score on Celtic harp.

Sedna the Ocean Mother
One of Odds Bodkin’s most nightmarish primitive myths, especially for women, this Inuit tale of starvation, forced marriage and ultimate betrayal to supernatural powers is more than unsettling. Driven by relentless themes of winds, waves and seabirds, both vocally and on 12-string guitar, this Eskimo origin tale’s characters are truly horrifying. The tale won Odds an adjunct professorship at Antioch University New England years ago, after being told to an adult audience.

The Phantom Train of Marshall’s Pass
A train engineer, thinking his guilty past remains his secret alone, takes the Number 9 up out of Denver to cross the Great Divide on the night run. But the snow is flying and the Colorado is at flood stage tonight, and a strange twisting feeling invades his back. He remembers all those people he killed back in Pennsylvania, drunk on the job and not paying attention at his train switch. Now, on this night of snow squalls and trestle washouts, they’re finally coming for him. Told by Odds with characters, sounds, and virtuoso flat-picking on Taylor 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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HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror/Recording Event!

Performance Date: 10-28-2018 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Be part of a live recording event with Odds Bodkin at Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA on October 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. Stories include The Panther Boys, The Storm Breeder, The Goat-Horned Priest, The Phantom Train of Marshall’s Pass and The Girl Who Danced with the Devil. Instrumentation includes 12-string guitars, 6-string guitar, Celtic harp and alto recorder.

First, The Storm Breeder, performed on 12-string guitar. This American Colonial tale thunders to life in a fierce storm as a Boston Brahmin with a bad temper challenges the powers of heaven and hell. He loses and becomes a wraith of the roads, eternally chased by storms. Next, on Celtic harp, The Girl Who Danced with the Devil tells of how young Rose dances past midnight and Satan arrives to charm her as he sucks out her soul. After intermission, Odds picks up his alto recorder and plays Chinese motifs to underscore The Panther Boys, a terrifying tale of lycanthropy from Confucian China. Next, The Goat-Horned Priest, a Russian serf tale about a man’s frozen wife and a cruel priest who, to trick the old widower out of gold, dons the bloody skin and horns of a goat and rises at the old man’s window. The ruse works, but there’s a problem with the skin. Finally, on 6-string guitar, Odds tells the tale of a train engineer in the Rockies with a dark, murderous secret, and how the ghosts he left behind finally catch up with him one terrifying night.

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ALL-GRADES STORYTELLING MINI-CONCERTS/A 1-DAY RESIDENCY

Performance Date: 11-02-2018 @ 08:00am

Location: Page Hilltop School, Ayer MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Page Hilltop School for a full day of storytelling mini-concerts for K, I, 2, 3, 4 and 5 grades over the course of the day.

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A STORYTELLING FAMILY CONCERT

Performance Date: 11-02-2018 @ 6pm

Location: Page Hilltop School, Ayer MA

Odds Bodkin presents an evening concert of stories for the kids and parents of Page Hilltop School in Ayer, MA.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST/Special 4th Grade Version

Performance Date: 11-27-2018 @ 12:00am

Location: Old Greenwich School, Old Greenwich CT

Odds Bodkin returns to Old Greenwich School in CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in a special edition of the tale for 4th Graders.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL In Dickens’ Words

Performance Date: 12-05-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Colby Memorial Library, Danville NH

With expressive character voices for Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and many others, Odds Bodkin reads his one-hour version of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Drawn from Dickens’ novella, all the words in this performance are those of the great British author.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 12-07-2018 @ 08:35am

Location: Shady Hill School, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits Shady Hill School in Cambridge MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY to students grades K-4. Odds follows up his three tales with intriguing ethical questions for the audience.

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THE WINTER CHERRIES: Holiday Tales from Around the World

Performance Date: 12-08-2018 @ 1pm

Location: J and F Farms Derry New Hampshire

Odds Bodkin tells THE WINTER CHERRIES: Holiday Tales from Around the World at J and F Farms in Derry, NH on December 8th at 1:00 p.m. Music-filled stories for the whole family come to life with characters, narration and music. Appropriate for all ages.

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