With great musicians like the members of Porcupine Creek, the future of bluegrass music is in good hands! ”

Ann Iijima, Minnesota Bluegrass, Jan./Feb. 2015, Volume 41, Number 1.

Our Story

The Porcupine Creek band is made up of young, talented musicians all under the age of 21 years old. The band’s music is inspired by the legends of bluegrass music, along with subtle influences from today’s newgrass, plus classic country, cowboy, folk and rock tunes. The band performs their songs in the driving instrumental bluegrass style and always mixes in a few original songs, which pleases crowds of all ages.

Porcupine Creek formed in 2012-13 when they, as a jam-band, won the Family Area talent contest at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's (MBOTMA) August festival in Richmond, MN. They then went on to perform at many other festivals and events. 

In November of 2014, Porcupine Creek earned the top spot in MBOTMA's “Race For A Place” band competition. Bands from around Minnesota participated in the contest and Porcupine Creek was selected by the judges as the top group. The prize was a contract to play main stage at their August festival in Richmond, MN.

In the summer of 2015, Porcupine Creek released its first CD, “Monster Truck”, a live recording from the March 2015 MBOTMA Cabin Fever Festival. 

On September 3rd, 2016, Porcupine Creek won second place at the Minnesota Americana ~ Roots Music Band Contest, held during the great Minnesota State Fair sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.

The band's music has been played on several radio stations.  Most recently, on September 30th,  KBEK 95.5 FM radio and KBEK.com hosted Porcupine Creek for a live on-air two hour concert at the Wiese Auditorium and KBEK studios in Braham, MN.

In January and February of 2016, Porcupine Creek was featured on two different TV specials on the “Grassland Jam” show, a live performance from the main stage at the 2015 MBOTMA August festival in Richmond, MN.  Both TV specials can be watched on PBS.org and on the PBS YouTube channel: Grassland Jam season 2, episodes 2 and Grassland Jam season 2, episode 7. 





Since 2012, Porcupine Creek has toured extensively throughout Minnesota, from Roseau to Houston and everywhere in between, including performances in northern Wisconsin and Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

Porcupine Creek performs at all types of events from large festivals to care centers, city celebrations, county fairs, concert venues, coffee houses and weddings.

In November 2015 Porcupine Creek performed live on the Great Northern Radio Show hosted by Aaron Brown and aired on KAXE.org and KAXE radio stations.

Find Porcupine Creek on the internet for bookings and availability at www.porcupinecreek.us .

You can also connect with the band on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Members of Porcupine Creek include:
Jake Ashworth on banjo
Ben Ashworth on guitar
Derek Birkeland on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and guitar
Holger Olesen on vocals and resonator guitar
Sarah Birkeland on vocals and bass
Dulcie Ashworth on vocals and fiddle.

Some of the band members can also be found performing in these other bands: Ditch Creek, The Ashworth Family Band, Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys, Sloughgrass, Bill & Kate Isles, The Long Shots, Hooker & Holger, and The Road Kill Boys.