Ilse Melis, singer/ukele.


Mark Somers, guitar/bass/composer/singer.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1964.
Grew up on a diet of jazz (Montgomery, Erroll Garner and the like) and crooners/jazz singers (Sinatra, Ella) from my father’s record collection.
Started playing at the age of 16, guitar at first.
Moved through blues, rock, funk, pop, folk and more.
Played in numerous Belgian bands, like Street Legal and The Crawling Kingsnakes, and then settled into playing mainly with English musicians and gigging in England and Belgium.
Currently working in an acoustic band with Mhic McGlashan and Belgian acoustic covers band Yune.
Previous bands include Short Cut To Trouble with Mhic McGlashan ( and British avant garde / blues cult legend Billy Jenkins ( A concert video of Mark with Billy Jenkins & The Belgian Blues Collective can be found on Youtube.
All this as a guitar player. Started to record at home around 2004 and playing bass, sax and drums for home use.
Joined THIS MACHINE & ME ( in 2006, this time on bass.
Worked with UK/US folk associates such as Phil Hare, Kate Lissauer, Kelly Rucker, Kate McDonnell, Dave Bowie, and so on.
Mark has always written music, mostly in cooperation with other singers but recently doing the singing on his own stuff himself. He is currently working on his first full solo album "Beware".
Mark plays an Oakwood acoustic ( and a cheap but cheerful Strat copy from Vintage guitars.. Also playing a ’57 Zenith hollow body. Amp : Fender Blues Deluxe. Further acoustic guitars are a Yamaha LL16 and an old Yamaha FG331.


Marc Van Treeck, percussion.

Marc leads a divers musical life, constantly working on different projects at the same time.
At the moment this includes a lot of street theatre, such as Murga Agrum - a band from Heist op den Berg, and Alackadaisical from Leuven. Both bands often perform in Belgium as well as all around Europe.
As a percussionist he is also active in jazz and world music.