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!


June 26

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

The group consists of John Reed, Caroline Priore and Reid Hendershot

July 3

Helen Forsythe, born and raised in southern MN, will be at WSA playing her banjo and singing folk and bluegrass music. Her musical influences include Pete Seeger, Doc Watson & Gillian Welch.


July 17

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.


August 7

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 Naturalists Erin and Maddie will be on site with maps, activity sheets, program info and more!


August 28

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.


September 4

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.