Joe Goodkin's Odyssey is a 35 minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice.  

Drawing on his Bachelor's Degree in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his years as a professional musician, Joe's performance represents in a contemporary musical mode both the abridged plot and the performance circumstances of Homer's original oral composition of the Odyssey.

Part lecture, part musical performance, and part interactive discussion, the centerpiece of Joe's program is a 35 minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus' famous exploits.

Joe has performed his Odyssey over 370 times in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and Ireland, and has been honored with multiple ASCAP Composers awards. Joe has adapted the performance for the Zoom/streaming learning environment

You can read an article Joe wrote about being a modern bard at the journal Eidolon and he has also adapted the Iliad into a song cycle called The Blues of Achilles.

To inquire regarding booking a performance of the Odyssey (or anything else) please contact Joe at joe(at)



The National Junior Classical League Convention

University of Tennessee, Rooms 102/103/104, Frieson Black Cultural Center, Knoxville, TN


The National Junior Classical League Convention

University of Tennessee, Rm 362A, The Student Union, Knoxville, TN


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