Who Are We?

We are the Flat Rock Irregulars
From Left to Right Don Ed, Maggi, Stu and Gary

Ed Ed Marquette

Hi,  I’m Ed.  I love music , listening and playing.  I started with piano in grade school, switched to trumpet in high school and college.  I was given a guitar by a friend in 1963 and have been playing ever since.  Evolution: Folk> Rock& Roll> Country> Bluegrass> Irish.  I still play them all and enjoy every minute .

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Hi WORLD, I’m STU (left) StTu & Scot.With Author Scot Lucas (right).

I’m a retired Air Force veteran originally from Chicago, IL. Transplanted to North Platte (flat rock) with the railroad 4 years ago. My Irish connection comes from being born in an Irish Catholic hospital on St. Patrick’s day just outside Chicago (Evanston) while Mayor Daily was king of the Democratic machine there in the 1950′s.

I was further influenced by the Founder of the Bicentenial Bozo Band, my modest mentor Jerrold Borchardt, who introduced me to the likes of Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, The Strawbs, Renaissance, John Renbourn, Gentle Giant, Irish Rovers and a host of other celtic influenced musicians and bands.

After the Gulf War I had a layover in Ireland. Being a military movement we were not allowed to leave the airport but Shannon was the greenest place I’ve ever seen. Have to get back there some day.

I am the youngster in this band clocking in at just 54 this last March 17. I play a little guitar, less mandolin, and working on the banjo and penny whistle. Tend to sing in the bass/baritone  region. Will attempt tenor pieces on good days. Having a blast with the Irregulars. Hope it all lasts.

Have lived all the ups and downs of most of the songs we sing. It’s been quite a life and am looking forward to what tomorrow brings. Well I’ve rattled on long enough. Did I mention my fingers are sore from all the playing?

Love you all,   STU

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Hello World, I’m Maggi.

Maggi Welch

As you can see this picture is several generations back but it was always a good picture So that’s why I chose to use it.  Like Stu, I too am a veteran.  Served three years in the United States Navy as a Photographer’s Mate with an intelligence group in Hawaii and that’s all of that I can share.

My heritage is Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English.  My great-great-great-grandmother Bollinger came to the U. S. from county Cork, Ireland in the early 1800′s and married an Irishman.  My introduction to Irish music came with John Gary and the Irish Rovers – have loved it ever since.  I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would someday be in a band singing it.  I am having the time of my life – I cannot remember ever having this much fun doing anything and am so pleased that I was asked to join the other three Irregulars.

I can identify with many of the stories in the music we sing – have been there myself in many instances.  I’m a native Nebraskan – was born in North Platte – my father was county surveyor here and laid out much of this town.  Welch Street is named for him.  I spent 44 years living away from Nebraska, but am now home to stay.

I am currently learning keyboard, mandolin and tin whistle.  Hope to add the Bodhran (pronounced: “bow-rawn”) or Irish drum to my list of accomplishments.  I’m the archivist, booking agent, bookkeeper and jack of all trades for the band.  I love what we are doing and want to keep doing it as long as I can.

Love to all of you for your encouragement and support,

Maggi

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don-downtownI’m Don Kurre and I play the guitar and sing with the Irregulars. I’ve played at the guitar since I was a sophomore in college when I joined a group playing at mass in our college chapel. I was born a buckeye and grew up a Hoosier. We moved to North Platte from Terre Haute, IN back in 1985 when I became the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Grand Island a position I hold today.

I put the guitar away for a while, only picking it back up after attending Open Mic. I’m so glad I began playing again. I’ve met some great musicians who’ve taught me a lot about playing. I’m enjoying playing with the Irregulars. After some arm-twisting I’m learning to play the bass. I see there are many similarities and finally I’m going to learn to read music if I intend to play the bass. I look forward to the challenge.

Jethro Tull is my favorite music group and has been since I was in college. I enjoy playing liturgical music as well as folk and some rock music. I’m also rediscovering the poetry and music of Leonard Cohen after Stu performed his song, “Suzanne.” I’m learning the picking pattern that adds depth to this classic. I enjoy his newer song, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from his poem by the same name.  I’m learning to appreciate the earthiness of the Irish music we are playing.

Thanks for listening and singing along.
Peace,
Don

4 Responses to Who Are We?

  1. Keri Wiekert says:

    Flat Rock Irregulars. That would be a good name for a band. – Dave Barry
    Love your picture! Love your website! Especially the link to your local news.
    Please post a soundtrack!
    Altared Lives is capturing the audience in Northern IL.
    We miss you Stu. Thanks for sharing.
    God Bless.

  2. Jocelin says:

    What a wonderful website! Your new sound clips are AWESOME. They even sound good on my crapy little netbook. Thanks for putting this out there.

    Jocelin

  3. Stu says:

    thanks Jocelin.
    Was great visiting with you last week. The cigar and desert stroll was super. the movie and In -n- Out Burgers were good too.

  4. Stu says:

    AS REQUESTED KERRI, WE HAVE A HALF DOZEN SONGS NOW POSTED UNDER OUR ALPHABETICAL LISTING. jUST CLICK ON THE COLORED SONG LISTING AND IT WILL PLAY YOU A RECORDING OF THE BAND. I RECOMEND BONNIE SHIP THE DIAMOND AND FINNEGAN’S WAKE. SAY HI TO RALPH AND THE KIDS
    stu

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