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.

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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY!

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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY!, Alvarado Street - Rabobank Stage, Monterey

Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble will be performing on the "Rabobank Stage" starting at approximately 8:45PM and playing till 11:00PM. Featured Breadcats are Derek Bodkin (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Whistling, etc...), Brian Vandemarkk on Bass and vocals, Tommy Knowles on guitar and vocals, and the lovely and talented Monica Payne joins our ranks for the first time on Drums and percussion. We also have a cast of characters that grace our happy group from time to time and you never know who may join us. That's the spirit of a Breadcat!

Please join us for a fun set of great originals, creative covers, and great musical moments. Saturday December 31st, 2016. 8:45PM. This is a FREE stage outside - so BUNDLE UP. We want you there... and we want you warm.

For more information - check out the First Night Monterey website : http://www.firstnightmonterey.org/

Derek Bodkin Solo at the La Selva Beach Fundraiser for Friends of the Library

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La Selva Beach, 314 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach, Ca

This Saturday!! The La Selva Beach Holiday Fair is having a wonderful Arts and Crafts Book Sale to support the La Selva Beach Library and sponsored by the La Selva Beach Improvement Association and Las Selva Beach Friends of the Library and Aptos/La Selva CERT.

Location: La Selva Beach Clubhouse : 314 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach

Guest with the Dave Holodiloff Band

ESALEN RESORT

Derek Bodkin will be playing with the Dave Holodiloff Band at the ESALEN resort in Big Sur.

Derek Bodkin Solo

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

Chill Out Cafe! Come 'chill out' with Derek Bodkin at the Chill Out Cafe on 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Music starts at 11am till 1pm. Bring the family - including the dog! All are welcome. Come chill to some great originals and old standards. Good food, good friends, good times.

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

The Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St, San Francisco

Performing at the MILK BAR in San Francisco, California - Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat will join a line up of three bands to rock the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass" afterparty in the legendary Haight/Ashbury district of San Francisco.

After a day spent in Golden Gate Park - join this fantastic music production just across the street in the Haight!

Derek Bodkin Solo

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

Chill Out Cafe! Come 'chill out' with Derek Bodkin at the Chill Out Cafe on 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Music starts at 11am till 1pm. Bring the family - including the dog! All are welcome. Come chill to some great originals and old standards. Good food, good friends, good times.

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

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The Press Club, 668 Williams Avenue (ON FREMONT), Seaside, Ca 93955

Derek Bodkin will be performing a special one set show at the "Press Club" located in Seaside California on September 2nd, 2016 following the celebrated "Sessions at the Press Club" Open Mic. Joining Derek will be his friends known as "The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble." (featuring Brian Vandemark on bass, Nik Bortolussi on drums and Clarinet, Tommy Knowles on guitar, and Monica Payne on percussion)

The Open Mic starts at 7:30PM (arrive at 7:00 for social) and will feature truly talented local artists, poets, comedians, and more.

Derek Bodkin will close the night starting at 9:30pm at this terrific community event hosted by venerable MC Daniel Vorhies and the awesome Heather Dawn of the Monterey Weekly.

Join us for fantastic beverages (Wine, Sangria, Teas, and more) and nosh. A great after dinner choice for your Friday evening. Derek will be performing songs from his current album and his upcoming new album to be released in 2017. Cheers!

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

West End Celebration, Sand City, California

Derek and members of the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble will start off the LIVE RADIO performance on KPIG Radio's "Please Stand By" hosted by Sleepy John. Listen at 10:00am Sunday August 28th.

Derek Bodkin Solo

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

Chill Out Cafe! Come 'chill out' with Derek Bodkin at the Chill Out Cafe on 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Music starts at 11am till 1pm. Bring the family - including the dog! All are welcome. Come chill to some great originals and old standards. Good food, good friends, good times.

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St, San Francisco

Part of the "Bluegrass and Beyond" Series, Derek Bodkin's Hovering Breadcat will bring their fluid sound and epic stoke to the stage. "HBC" will take the stage at 6:30PM

Derek Bodkin Solo

Books and Brews, La Selva Beach

Playing for a wonderful event supporting "Friends of the Library". Sponsored by the La Selva Beach and Brew association. Come support a great cause. Music starts at 10:00am till 4pm. Derek Bodkin's set is at 2pm.

Also performing are good Monterey friends Amy Warren at 12:00pm and Harry Thomas at 1pm!

Redwood Ramble

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Camp Navarro, Mendocino County

Breadcats Derek Bodkin and Brian Vandemark will be playing at the Redwood Ramble for this wonderful family festival. Look for us as we play various group gatherings and stages.

Mckendry Grove Farewell show

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

Derek Joins McKendry Grove for their farewell performance as they move off to new horizons. Also joining this performance is Tommy Knowles of Tiny Drifters. Join us for this special show and celebrate our good friend's next step in life.