Cross the Lines
Hello, We are Charlie & The Welfare and come from the south of Holland. C&TW forms a group of four passionate musicians who all have gained a lot of experience within national and foreign bands. Our own characteristics and combinations of rock, Rhythm & blues, country and soul are all combined in our first CD, titled cross the Lines. On it are ten splendid numbers stand all by the hand of Hans Vermeeren (Charlie), the founder and guitarist singer song writer of the band. That the band gets their influence from men such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Hiatt and John Fogerty is well heard in some numbers. The guitar work and the singing of Charlie combined with Hammond sound of Frankie, the tight bass plucking of Laurens combined with the rhythmic drums of Roel creates contagious sound. CHARLIE'S BIO: Charlie started playing the guitar when he was twelve years old. Inspired by many rock en blues cover bands who played in the neighbourhood he bought his first electric guitar and focussed on the blues music. The first band in which he played (age of seventeen) was the rock band Partners in Crime. Afterwards during the years followed innumerable jam sessions with a variety of musicians followed. During those sessions Charlie also started singing and the idea was born to start a band of his own. Meanwhile Charlie was also influenced by other styles such as the music from Django Reinhardt. But the blues thought never left him and he kept on writing blues songs for his own band. This ideal blues-rock formation eventually became reality when he brought the musicians mentioned below together. BAND BIOS: DRUMS: Roel Bisschop Roel has played with many formations and artists such as Virgin, Kaz Lux, (Brainbox), Cyriel Havermans (focus), Tony the Queljoe, the band Piu Piu, The Fish Hospital He made a number of CD's among other things with the American producer Robert Muzzo. Afterwards he made the move to the blues. He played a number of years with Magic Frankie, and was the supporting act in 1992, in the Netherlands and Germany tour of BB King during his European tour. Trough his experience with blues music he was regularly asked for accompanying American blues act, among which Monti Amundson. BASS: Laurens Verdurmen Laurens copied 'art' of mastering the guitar from a friend of his older brother. Bass players were very scarce in that time and he exchanged 6-string rapidly for a 4-string copy. Squint, were the first band where he stood regularly on the podium. Beginning 1990s he was incorporated by the Real Stallions, sixties over band. After having crossed the Netherlands for 7 years and having released a CD with own material it was time for Lau to look further. He had met Charlie on several festivals and sessions and there was no doubt at all when Charlie asks him to join C&TW. At that moment C&TW is a fact. ORGAN: Frankie Vee Frankie Vee (Frans Vriens) lives in the south of Holland and the people in the south are known for the fact that the only time they know is party time. And he enjoys his live there. He has been on the road for quit a few years and he feels himself entirely at it's ease behind his Hammond A100. After he had studied classical guitar for a few years. His teacher brought him on the path of the Hammond. Frankie always liked the characteristic sound of the Hammond. Such as in the music of Deep Purple en Procol Harum. But when Frankie was inspired by his teacher to listen to records of Jimmy Smith he made a definite decision and went over to the organ. After playing with the band Counterfeit for a few years he made the switch to other bands in other parts of the country. He played Utrecht with A27 en in The Hague with Bully Beef. At present Frankie plays a lot with the Irish blues musician and singer song writer Barry McCabe. With Barry he plays all over Europe.