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.

Often performed without amplification, Joe's Odyssey is an oasis of simplicity and substance in our modern desert of technology and style.

Joe has performed his Odyssey over 300 times in 43 U.S. states, Canada, Greece, Italy, and The Netherlands, and has been honored with several ASCAP Composers awards. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, 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

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



Johns Hopkins University

Virtual Show, The Internet


UMass - Amherst

Virtual Show, The Internet


San Francisco State University

Virtual Show, The Internet


University of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago, IL

Classroom show


Purchase the full-length recording:
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At iTunes by clicking HERE 

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