Forged during a festival in the Netherlands with Jeroen (LivinBluesXperience) on bass, Bas and Ilene had found the Freewheeler sound: energetic love music, a tight fitting mix of blues, rock & fun EXTENDED BIO
In May 2007 Ilene Spain and Bas Vossen started the Freewheelers and played with Jeroen van Niele (LivinBluesXperience) at Burgpop, a festival in Hoogkarspel, the Netherlands. Ilene plays ... read more
Dutch bass guru, took lessons from various famous players like Walter Laturpeirissa, Jeroen van Niele, and many others. Mostly self-taught though, by listening intensively and copying while adding his own sound. Big fan of Bootsy Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Jack Bruce, James Jamerson, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Frank Zappa.
Ilene is playing music since she was only five years old and her parents -an award winning vocal duo- discovered her talents. She got a cello going into junior high, and has since laid down many cello lines in Nashville and other places. When she met Bas, he advised her to try playing blues. With the Freewheelers she was the first cellist to go into this direction.