Joe Goodkin's Odyssey is a 30 minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice.  

Drawing on his Bachelor's Degree in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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 30 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 290 times in 38 U.S. states and Canada including at such institutions as Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Duke, and many more. Joe’s Odyssey has been honored with several ASCAP Composers awards.

You can read an article Joe wrote about being a modern bard at the journal Eidolon, visit for more information, or email joe (at) to inquire about a booking.