Derek Bodkin is a Monterey Bay California based Singer Songwriter. His eclectic Musical history ranges from playing drums with some of the Bay Area's hottest improv jam-fusion artists to playing fingerstyle guitar and bluegrass banjo with many shining folk rock artists touring today. Derek brings a special 'mojo' to the stage to make the listener feel right at home.  In September 2017, Derek competed in the Master's of Musical Whistling competition held in Los Angeles and won 5 trophies, including Masters of Musical Whistling WORLD CHAMPION 2017.

On his first solo album, “True Story”, Derek shares his love for Musical tradition, collaboration, and storytelling as well as a penchant for memorable melody writing. He brings these songs to life with the help of his most talented friends known as "The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble".  Through his music, this songsmith will find his way into your head and heart.  His newest album "Hooptie" is now available!

The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble is a spirited group of fun people who take any song and make it their own.  The band has an array of creative covers and thought promoting originals.  See our Press Kit tab for a full description of the band!  

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Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble - Derek's Birthday Show!

El Vaquero Winery, 2901

Join the HBC for Derek's birthday! Daytime show - 1pm to 4pm... but if you stay, we play!

El Vaquero Winery 2901 Freedom Blvd Watsonville, CA 95076 Phone (831) 607-8118 Email

Derek Bodkin as Hovering Breadcat Trio

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El Vaquero Winery, 2901 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Please join Derek Bodkin as the Hovering Breadcat Trio (Derek Bodkin, Brian Vandemark and Tommy Knowles) at a new wonderful venue called "El Vaquero Winery". Excellent wines and food trucks on site. Super hip crowd and fun vibe. The start time is 4pm and music goes til 7pm. This outdoor venue is a Social Distancing Mask Compliant event. Please bring mask and wear when not seated. Lots of nice seating with plenty of view to the stage - call ahead for reservations though. Tables do fill up. Our friend, Phillip the Tip Jar, will be there.

COVID CANCELLED - Derek Bodkin and some Breadcats

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Barmel, San Carlos St, Between 7th and Ocean Av (26.26 mi) , Carmel, California 93921

Derek Bodkin and the Breadcats play Carmel's oldest bar. Tucked away at San Carlos & 7th ave in Carmel, Ca. (Carmel is old California with non-traditional street addresses. Join us in this time honored Pub which supports live music. 7pm to 9pm

San Carlos & 7th ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

CANCELED BY COVID-19 - St. Patrick's Sing Along at Crédo Studio

Crédo Studio in San Juan Bautista, 1 Polk Street, San Juan Bautista, California

Sorry Folks - this show has been canceled by the venue due to COVID-19 concerns

Derek and the Hovering Breadcat folk ensemble are pleased and honored to be asked to perform at this beautiful community arts center. We will have fun, give a little history of some of our favorite St. Patrick's Day songs and play some of our fans favorite originals.

Great news!! Credo Studio will be serving Corned Beef and Cabbage . $5 donation for a HOT CUP. This is a family event and kids are welcome! We'll keep it family friendly!


The HBC on KPIG Radio 107.5!


Join us on Sleepy John Sandige's special 1200th broadcast of "Please Stand By" at 10:00am. We'll be promoting our popular St. Patrick's Day shows!

CANCELED by COVID-19 - St. Patrick's Day pre-show

The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Sorry Folks - this show has been canceled by the venue due to COVID-19 concerns and a city wide statement to not allow gatherings of 50 or more.

Join World Champion whistler Derek Bodkin and The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble for our St. Patrick's Day pre-show performance at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, Ca. Here we will sing our "Folked Up" versions of Irish favorites, Sea Shanties, unique covers and thought promoting originals. Saturday, March 14th, The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Bring a date and wear green! 9pm til Midnight . $8 Cover

KKUP Pledge Drive!


Derek and the Hovering Breadcat hosted by John Sandige on the KKPU Pledge Drive. Sign up and you are eligible win a free "True Story" CD. Derek's first album! Joined by Brian Vandemark (Bass) and Tommy Knowles (Guitar)

Private Event - The Great NOG OFF

Secret Egg Nog Making Lair

Private Party. Possibly the greatest party on the face of the planet on this day. Hovering Breadcat does great private parties! Let us know what we can do for you!

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

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Cooper's Pub, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat is a spirited group of musicians performing funky folk grooves, bluegrass, swing, and gospel with ironic and appropriate thought provoking originals for our times. “The HBC” is World Champion Master Whistler Derek Bodkin and excellent musicians Brian Vandemark, Harry Thomas, Tommy Knowles and David Welsh as they share their unique kind of Musical Americana to the stage. They have entertained at festivals and concerts throughout the west and look forward to sharing their music with you! Cooper's Pub, Monterey, 12/13/2019 @ 8:30 p.m.

Private Party - Monterey Bay Aquarium Volunteer Divers

Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey

Private Party for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Volunteer Divers. Hovering Breadcat is a great band for private events and classy gatherings. Bring our folksy-rock style to your private event!

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The HBC is back at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Come out and hang with us in this fantastic venue and Jam with us! Join Word Champion whistler Derek Bodkin and his ragtag band of shipmates Harry Thomas, Brian Vandemark, Tommy Knowles and David Welsh for a night of great fun. There's a top notch bar and great menu. Lots of yummy goodness... both musical and culinary. BREADCAT!

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

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Cooper's Pub, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Derek and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble returns to our favorite "Home Base" of Cooper's Pub in the historical Cannery Row. Legend has it that the ghosts of the past regularly join the music. Complete with fire pits, good food, and excellent bar service... we truly hope to see you there.

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble


Join Derek and Harry as they make an appearance on KPIG Radio 107.5FM with Sleepy John on the time honored show "Please Stand By". We'll talk about whistling, the new CD, upcoming shows and more!

Seaside National Night Out

Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave, Seaside

Hovering Breadcat Trio playing Seaside's National Night Out! 5pm

The Seaside Police Department would like to invite you to join us for National Night Out 2019. This year the event will be Tuesday, August 6th, from 5 - 8 PM on Seaside City Hall Lawn, located at 440 Harcourt Avenue. National Night Out is an annual event that enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. The purpose of National Night Out is to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.

This is a free, family event. There will be live entertainment and activities including a rock wall, petting zoo, bounce houses, skate park, and carnival games. There will also be free hot dogs and fun raffle prizes for children! Come meet your local Monterey Peninsula police and fire departments!

Redwood Ramble Music Festival

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Camp Navarro, 901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro

The Redwood Ramble brings Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble back to the Redwood Ramble. Other bands include Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, PA Furnace, Ruthie Foster and so much more.