Voices of the Valley

Voices of the Valley, a Cannon Valley Trail interpretive program is planned to assist a visitor’s understanding and exploration of the Cannon River Valley and also provides educational and entertaining programs for Trail users. 

Programs take place on Saturdays during the months of  May through September from 11am-2pm  at Cannon Valley Trail Welch Station Access.   This location can be accessed by driving if you’d like to enjoy the events, but aren’t able to bike there. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and come to listen to the music. Social distancing will be observed and recommended.

Topics may include – Archeology, Geology, Native American Studies, Railroad History, Tree Talk, Wildflowers, or other Natural and Cultural programs.  

2021 Events!

July 24

Lee Mensinger

Lee Mensinger lives in Red Wing and has been performing in the area for many years as a solo act and also as half of the InTandem Duo with Cannon Falls resident Brenda Owens. Lee is a talented multi-stringed instrumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele. He teaches lesson at Hobgoblin in Red Wing.

Kressin Hartl

July 31

Kressin Hartl of Cannon Falls, is a singer-songwriter who accompanies herself on guitar and occasionally ukulele. Her musical influences range from classic country to pop. Hartl’s original song “One in a Million” was released last year on multiple streaming platforms

August 7

Carolyn Priore

Carolyn Priore, a fiddler and singer/songwriter from the Sogn Valley in SE MN will perform. Her music is inspired by classic folk artists as well as traditional Irish Music.

Red Wing Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Cookies on the Trail” (while supply lasts)

August 14

Amongst the Reeds

Amongst the Reeds is an Irish Band that specializes in lively traditional tuens as well as sweet ballads and beloved Irish songs. All the players are multi-instrumenatlists and singers, and there is sometimes even a little dancing thrown in!

Members include: John Reed, Caroline Priore, and Reid Hendershot

Enjoy a sample of pie cookie from Stockholm Pie & Plate in Red Wing.


August 21

InTandem is an acoustic duo from the Cannon Valley performing a variety of folk, blues, roots, and Americana standards with vocal harmonies on guitars, mandolin, banjo, and ukuleles. Brenda Owens (Cannon Falls) and Lee Mensinger (Red Wing) have been performing for years in the Cannon Falls and Red Wing areas and have played many times on the bike trail in Welch, as well as at the Red Wing Art Fair, Hobgoblin, Sargent’s Nursery in Red Wing, and at Ferndale Market and the Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls.

Enjoy a sample of pie cookie from Stockholm Pie & Plate in Red Wing.

August 28

Tom Peschges

Red Wing musician Tom Peschges will perform blue grass and Americana music.

Tom has played with the Double Down Daredevils on rhythm guitar and lead and harmony vocals.

Enjoy a sample of pie cookie from Stockholm Pie & Plate in Red Wing.

September 4

Flatt & Square

Flatt & Square is a fun band from Red Wing, MN, who play a mix of Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Old Country, Folk and Celtic songs and fiddle tunes. They usually consist of Katryn Conlin, Ben Manning and David Vincent, plus the occasional MN celebrity like Bill Cagley, Mark Kreitzer or Mike Hildebrandt.  They are associated with the stringed instrument repair programs at MSC Southeast in Red Wing and two of them are professional Luthiers.  We sometimes use the moniker “musicians who build the instruments they play”.

Schedule is subject to change and weather permitting

These events are held at the Welch Station access,a beautiful spot located 9.6 miles on the trail from Cannon Falls and very near to Welch.

The address is 26674 144th Avenue Way-Welch, MN. 55089.

Local musicians enjoy sharing their talents with you, sit and listen a while. Refreshments are donated by area businesses.

Everyone is invited to these events, not just bikers. Please note throughout the season some Voices of the Valley programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Everyone COME, and ENJOY! See you on the Trail!

We’d love to hear from you! 

If you have informational items or a talent you would like to share at Voices of the Valley. Contact the Brenda at cvtvoicesofvalley@gmail.com or call the trail office at 507-263-0508.