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 Band 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!  

Purchase downloads of the albums "True Story" and "Hooptie" here:



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Previous events

Hovering Breadcat returns to the El Vaquero Winery in Corralitos, California! We are performing at one of their very exciting Wine Club Pickup Parties - and if you're not a club member - you're invited to come and partake in a variety of excellent wines and food - for one ticket price of $25. Beautiful friendly folks will be there. Come and make some new friends. Join Derek, Brian, Tommy Michael and Jae for a festive night of eclectic originals and creative covers as we bring our fantastic jam spirit and good times groove.

Members may bring one guest. Non members $25 admission for FOOD and DRINK!

Hovering Breadcat Trio - Big Basin Vineyards!

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Big Basin Vineyards, 830 Memory Lane, Boulder Creek

Hovering Breadcat Trio brings our special acoustic groove to the Fireside Sessions at Big Basin Vineyards! Join Derek, Brian and Tommy for good friends and good laughs in this time honored vineyard in a beautiful setting with fantastic wine selections! 6:30pm. Reservations are recommended. 830 Memory Lane Boulder Creek, CA 95006 (831) 621-8028

Hovering Breadcat is playing a show at Buck Wild Brewing in Oakland, Ca. Interesting Gluten Free drink and food menu. It's also Derek Bodkin's 55th Birthday. Join us. We're going to sneak in a few girl scout cookies... shhhhh! 2pm show. Join us and a bunch of friends as we play our festive arrangements of originals and creative covers - and as we 'pepper' in some Irish tunes as we gear up for our big St. Patrick's Day show in Monterey. Cheers!

Hovering Breadcat in Monterey!

The Salty Seal, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey

Rock the row with Hovering Breadcat Hovering Breadcat is a festive and fun group that rocks a bunch of great tunes, including Folk Rock, Country, Irish Drinking Tunes, Sea Shanties, and more - but done in our own Americana Groove style. We play a wonderful collection of unique covers and thought promoting originals. We've played many a festival stage, numerous venues and truly enjoy sharing our festive sound. Each performer in the band is special in their own right. Kind of like having a band of superheroes. Plus - we're a bunch of really nice guys Largest heated patio on Cannery Row. Fire pits. Heat lamps. Fireplace. Sportsbar. Pool Tables. Dartboards. 14 draft beers. Come out and dance under the stars!

Hovering Breadcat at Henfling's Tavern

Henflings Tavern, 9450 CA-9, Ben Lomond, Ben Lomond

Hovering Breadcat back at Ye Olde Chicken Toss!! Henfing's is a great place to hear great live music, hang and dance with friends and enjoy the wonderful local flavor of the time honored Santa Cruz Mountains. Hovering Breadcat is Whistling World Champion Derek Bodkin, Tommy Knowles, Brian Vandemark, Michael Willingham, and Alex Putko. Join Hovering Breadcat for a rousing night of Breadcat favorite covers and fantastic originals. Also joining us is Michael Gaither, local award winning singer songwriter and KPIG DJ for a middle set and a couple sit in's. Great night to bring a date and hear the locals jam! Henfling's Tavern (aka 'The Chicken Toss') Ben Lomond, Ca Friday January 27th at 8pm No cover - but bring lots of money for the Tip Jar. We like that sort of thing

After canceling their last shows planned for St. Patrick's Day two years ago - Hovering Breadcat is back! The VERY NIGHT of the show at The Crepe Place in 2020 was the announcement of the shutdown. We're glad to return to The Crepe Place - a special venue carrying on the tradition of supporting live bands, outside of the same old thing happening everywhere else in town. Join us for this special and festive night of music!

St. Patrick's Day at London Bridge Pub.

Hovering Breadcat is back with our own unique style of St. Patrick's Pub songs, Sea Shanties, and special originals! Join us for a great night of festive Irish spirit, banter and some great fellowship.

256 Figueroa St, Wharf #2 - Monterey, CA 93940 - Tel. 831.372.0581

3 Band Show - and Derek Bodkin's Birthday!

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Vinnies Bar & Grille, 2045 Mount Diablo Street, Concord, CA 94520

A Fantastically Fun Show coming up!! ATTENTION BAY AREA PEEPS!

Saturday February 26th - Derek Bodkin's Birthday!

Three Bands: M JONES & The Melee, Sabertooth Unicorn, and you're favorite Pirate Jam crew "HOVERING BREADCAT" will be performing at Vinnie's Bar and Grill in Concord, California!

Vinnie's Bar and Grill 2045 Mt Diablo St Concord, CA 94520

Start Time: 8:30pm Cover : $15

Come out and support live music. Bring a mask.

About the bands:

M Jones and the Melee is a rock band based out of Oakland, CA. Fronted by guitarist, singer and songwriter M Jones, their theatrical performing style has been likened to that of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Sabertooth Unicorn Originally created as an outlet for the darkly-comedic lyrical musings of front man Vince Lay, Sabertooth Unicorn has quickly ballooned into a growing menagerie of wildly talented musicians. They are a supergroup of seasoned and diverse players, and their high energy live show is an always unpredictable party. From folk rock anthems to Circus punk sing-and-dance-alongs, the Sabertooth Unicorn show leaves no stone unturned in their mission to celebrate the absurdity of modern day life by forcing people to stop taking themselves so seriously and start having a good time

Hovering Breadcat is an unique experience in West Coast Americana Folk Rock with a good dose of bluegrass, Irish, Zydeco, and Jamband music. Derek Bodkin is a world champion whistler, banjo/guitarist, and percussionist. Tommy Knowles is a guitarist steeped in the cold waters of the pacific, bringing great original tunes and sea chanties of old to the table. Also, Brian Vandemark - Bass, David Welsh - Drums, Michael Willingham - Mandolin, Harry Thomas - Harmonica.

A Very Special Evening of Original Music

Zen Garden Playground. North Seaside., ADDRESS AVAILABLE WHEN SPOT IS CONFIRMED, Seasode 93955

Songwriters Derek Bodkin, Scott Cooper, and David Hunt Cameron are going to be playing their original songs alone and together in an intimate backyard setting located in North Seaside, Ca.

This event will be held in Derek and Carolynn Bodkin's beautiful backyard garden known as the "Zen Garden Playground" located in Seaside, Ca. We’d like to invite you to bring your own beverages, picnic and snacks. If you enjoy wine, please bring a bottle of wine to share. We invite you to make yourself comfortable by bringing a chair, some tasty beverages, and some warmer clothes for when the sun goes down. (Best to wear layers)

There will be excellent quality desserts available for purchase from "Absolute Joy Desserts".

Doors will open at 5pm and we’ll start the music at 6. This event is limited in capacity to keep things intimate and close. Tickets are a $25.00 donation and can be purchased in advance via the following ways:

Venmo: David-Cameron-65


Or send a private message to and we can arrange an alternate way to a pay. Once you have confirmed attendance, we will send you the address.

Carpooling or cycling to this event is always encouraged though there should be plenty of parking available. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and we sincerely hope to see you there.

This backyard is wheelchair accessible.

We are all very excited to be sharing our original music with you! Here is a link to a brief glimpse of our last time playing together: Peace, David, Scott, and Derek

Contact David Cameron at for details. $25

Derek Bodkin and Brian Vandemark

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Todos Santos Park, Concord, Ca

CONCORD, CA 08/02/2020 — The grassroots network of local, independent musicians known as Concord Couch Concerts (CCC) will host the first ever “Singer-Songwriter Saturday.” The event happens Saturday, August 7, from 12 PM to 2 PM in Todos Santos Park. Derek Bodkin and Brian Vandemark perform.

4th Of July show!

El Vaquero Winery, 2901 Freedom Blvd, Corralitos

Happy 4th of July! Hovering Breadcat will be playing the El Vaquero Winery on Sunday July 4th, 2021 at 4pm. We're super excited to be playing our favorite Winery again... with the best wine, amazing audience, great staff, and terrific food available. Join World Champion Whistler Derek Bodkin as he is joined by Harry Thomas, David Welsh, Brian Vandemark, and Tommy Knowles for a festive night of Americana Good Times Groove. This will be a terrific part of any 4th of July. Please note - this is still a mask compliant event until further notice - so please bring a mask along. Let's help this wonderful new venue stay open! Bring your friends and come enjoy this terrific establishment. Show starts 4pm, Reservations are highly recommended. Bring layers just in case it cools off.

Intimate Songwriter's Showcase!

Available with ticket purchase

We’d like to invite you to a very special evening of music on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Songwriters Derek Bodkin, Scott Cooper, and David Hunt Cameron are going to be playing alone and together in an intimate garden setting very close to downtown Santa Cruz. We’ll be playing our own material, discussing where our ideas come from, and sharing some of the stories behind our songs. Afterwards, we’ll be hosting a campfire jam for all who wish to join in. Address details available with ticket purchase.

Contact David Cameron at for details. $25