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.

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.

In September 2017, Derek Bodkin 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.

Purchase "True Story" here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/derekbodkin

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Friday Full Moon Show!

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

Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat takes the stage again at Cooper's Pub on a beautiful Full Moon night on Cannery Row.

Join us in the back patio for a spirited night of Americana Funky Folk. Good food and drink, heaters, and kind staff. Share our vibe with us! Bring a date. Bring a friend. Bring your friend's Date - but we can't be held responsible for what happens.

Friday July 27th 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Bliss Music Festival!

Bliss Music Festival, Todos Santos Plaza 2151 Salvio St, Concord

The Hovering Breadcat Trio will be peforming Saturday 7/21 at 5pm in Salvio Pacheco Square as a part of the brand new Bliss Music Festival, hosted by the City of Concord, California. Free Live music on two stages from 2pm-8pm with fantastic brews at The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop right near our stage. Come check it out!

Jul12

Redwood Ramble

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Camp Navarro, 901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA 95463

Hovering Broadcast Folk Ensemble is part of the Ramble Team - Performing on Thursday, July 12 and also Hosting the Kids Talent Show on Friday!

The Fifth Annual Redwood Ramble will take place at Camp Navarro from Thursday, July 12th to Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

Hovering Breadcat Trio at Chill Out Cafe!

Chill Out Cafe, 840 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, California

Derek Bodkin, Harry Thomas and Brian Vandemark, from the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble) will be kicking off the Summer Sunday live music series at Chill Out Cafe. Music starts at 11:00am and goes til approximately 1:00pm.

Happy Summer! The Chill Out Cafe Summer Music Series is offering our lovely community FREE music in Chill Out Cafe's relaxing beer garden on Sundays from 11am to at least 1pm during the summer months. Come out, grab a tasty burrito from the awesome Chill Out staff and enjoy some live music!

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

London Bridge Pub, 256 Figueroa St, Wharf #2, Monterey, CA 93940

Join Derek Bodkin and The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble for St. Patrick's Day at the London Bridge Pub in Monterey. Derek Bodkin recently won the title of WORLD CHAMPION in the 2017 Master's of Musical Whistling International Competition. Come hear an eclectic mix of Irish sing-alongs, Irish Americana with New Orleans soulful folk grooves with some of the coolest musicians in Monterey. Admission is free. 21+

Derek Bodkin Turns 50!

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

Derek Bodkin's Birthday. Lots of musicians and artists there - Open Mic and Jam After main act - SENSORY TRIBE! Yes - Derek Hired a band so he could visit with guests.

Many musicians present - and surprises to be had. OVER 21 ONLY... sorry.

Support John Wizard - Seaside Campaign Kickoff

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Press Club, The Press Club 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Please join us for Jon Wizard's Campaign Kick-Off for Seaside City Council at The Press Club on February 9, from 6 to 8 pm! Come meet Jon, as well as some of our local elected officials and community leaders.

DEREK BODKIN to perform live music.

Honored guests for the evening include: - Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker - San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas - Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado - Seaside Councilmember & Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Alexander - Seaside Councilmember Jason Campbell - Seaside Councilmember Kayla Jones - Monterey Councilmember Alan Haffa - Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Area 1 Board Trustee Wendy Root Askew - Monterey Peninsula Water Management Division 1 Director Brenda Lewis

The event is open to everyone and all are welcome!

Clicking through the "Tickets Available" link will take you to our campaign contribution website. No contribution is required nor is there a ticket required to attend, but we appreciate any contribution you make to support Jon's campaign.

Please RSVP to let us know if you’ll be joining us. We hope to see you there!

Derek Bodkin Solo at Cooper's Pub Monterey!

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

Derek Bodkin to play a solo show at Cooper's Pub on December 29th. This is a warm up to the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble performing at FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY for New Year's Eve!

Come to Cooper's and enjoy Derek's heartfelt originals, unique covers, and some good ol' Irish songs.

Derek Bodkin Bodkin Solo

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

Indoor show at Cooper's Pub on Saturday, November 18th. Join Derek Bodkin, Master of Musical Whistling World Champion, as he performs his originals and unique covers at the best pub in Cannery Row. Special Guests TBA

Derek Bodkin at Cooper's Pub

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

Derek Bodkin returns to Cooper's Pub on September 22nd.

Derek Bodkin and The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble have really made an impact on the Monterey Music scene, performing in First Night Monterey, The West End Festival, on KRML 102.1FM, KPIG 107.5FM, and much more. Derek and the Hovering Breadcat bring soulful Americana Groove magic to the stage. With a mixture of Folk, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Irish Traditionals, Sea Shanties and more – they are truly an Americana sound and are stoked to share their mixture of old favorites and striking original music with you! Visit www.hoveringbreadcat.com for information on upcoming shows, CD purchases, and more.

Masters of Musical Whistling

Barnsdall Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027-5302

Derek Bodkin will be competing in the “Masters of Musical Whistling” concert competition happening at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater. The Address is : 4800 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles CA 90027. Derek has always had a penchant for melodic whistling and has run the gamut of high compliments by people who love whistling to outright hostility from people who despise the sound of whistling more than the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard… but the latter shall not hold him back.

Breadcat Trio! Derek Bodkin, Harry Thomas and Tommy Knowles

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

Derek Bodkin and Tommy Knowles make up the guitar and banjo front line of “Derek Bodkin’s Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble.” The “HBC” have really made an impact on the Monterey Music scene, performing in First Night Monterey, The West End Festival, on KRML 102.1FM, KPIG 107.5FM, and much more. In September 2017, Derek Bodkin will be competing in the “Masters of Musical Whistling” international competition in Los Angeles as he is a champion whistler. Among Tommy Knowles many talents – he is a vault of wonderful historic Sea Shanties – which is fitting as he is also a Jellyfish Expert biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Harry Thomas is the rockin' harp monster in Monterey - and a fabulous singer/songwriter singing romantic trail ridin' tales of the old west. These guys play intimate shows together as the "Breadcat Trio" - bringing a special soulful Americana Groove magic to the stage. With a mixture of Folk, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Sea Shanties and more – they are truly an Americana sound and are stoked to share their mixture of old favorites and striking original music with you! More details at http://www.cooperspubmonterey.com/calendars/derek-bodkin-tommy-knowles/

West End Celebration - MAIN STAGE

Sand City Artistic District, Sand City

Hovering Breadcat is stoked to be playing this wonderful festival!

The West End Celebration is a free event and a major supporter in Monterey County of music in our schools. The Monterey County Chapter of Guitars not Guns benefits from wine and beer sales of this free event. This organization provides guitar instructions and guitars to youth at risk throughout our community. Last year we have provided free guitar lessons and free guitars to 300 children throughout the County of Monterey. http://www.guitarsnotguns.org/

JOEL STEVEN 50th Birthday

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Corralitos Women's Club, 33 Brown's Valley Road, Corralitos, Ca. 95076

Joel Steven - Old friend, orignal breadcat, and one time resident of the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area will be celebrating his 50th Birthday at the Corralitos Women's Club and this is pretty much an open event to positive people. Please visit the Facebook event for questions and information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/199253803913492/217983522040520/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22admin_plan_mall_activity%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1495594320483150

4th of July HBC Trio! Private Party

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Private Party, Carmel, Ca

HBC Trio (Brian Vandemark, Tommy Knowles, and Derek Bodkin) playing a private party in Carmel.

Picnic In The Park! MONTEREY, CA

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Lower Presidio Historic Park, 113 Colonel Ewing Road, Monterey

Kick off your 4th of July holiday weekend fun at this free family-friendly event! Old Monterey Foundation will hold a “Picnic in the Park – Lower Presidio Historic Park” on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Bring your friends and family to this “FUNdraiser” and enjoy great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Harbor at this park that is hidden in plain view. See the “before”, which is now and what we envision the “after” to be! Old Monterey Foundation is raising funds to develop trails and interpretive sign for all the monuments to enhance and restore this park which is considered “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”.

Hovering Breadcat to play various times during the event. Join us for a grand time.

Visit here for more information: https://www.seemonterey.com/event/picnic-in-the-park-lower-presidio-historic-park/5329/#sm.000vfcb7u110uctsuf12fo09ib5y6

Chill Out Cafe Father's Day Show!

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Chill Out Cafe, 840 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, California

The Chill Out Cafe Summer Music Series is happy to have founder of the Live Summer Music Series, Derek Bodkin to perform on Father's Day - Sunday, June 19th, at 11am. Come out for a host of dad jokes and dad songs!

Derek Bodkin is a Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area singer and songwriter. His eclectic musical history ranges from playing drums with some of the Bay Area's hottest improvisational 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.

We'll see you all there! Bring your friends, family and even dogs! Oh yeah - don't forget Dad... or dad-like persons in your life.

The Chill Out Cafe Summer Music Series is offering our lovely community FREE music in Chill Out Cafe's relaxing beer garden on Sundays from 11am to at least 1pm during the summer months. Come out, grab a tasty burrito from the awesome Chill Out staff and enjoy some live music!

Derek Bodkin and Tommy Knowles - BREADCAT DUO!

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Baum & Blume and The Carriage House, 4 El Caminito, Carmel Valley

Saturday, June 17 @ 3pm to 6pm. Derek Bodkin and Tommy Knowles bring their cool vibe and musicianship to the beautiful Carmel Valley at the terrific Biergarten at Baum & Blume! We're stoked to return to this beautiful place and the beautiful folks that make everyone feel so welcome.

Join us for fantastic food and hospitality in the Biergarten!