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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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!

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

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!