We start this week with a bit of moonshine over the sea or, to be more precise, Harbour Moon, who visit The Mucky Duck Folk Club, Ewloe Social Club, Old Chester Road, Ewloe on Monday (Nov 18) at 8pm.

The much travelled, and in demand, Harbour Moon, are Ian Davies, Martin Taylor, Paul Reaney and Carole Newby.

They came together several years ago having already forged successful careers of their own in various music genres.

Ian Davies played bass guitar with numerous rock and pop bands around Merseyside in the 1980s and 90s.

He later swapped to the six-string guitar and played with The Dansette Alligators and his daughters’ band, Red Voix. Carole Newby (formerly Jankovic) comes from a family steeped in music and worked the club and cabaret venues for several years, also playing in Yugoslavia.

She ploughed a lone furrow as a solo artist for 14 years before joining Harbour Moon.

Paul Reaney should need no introduction to local fans as he features large in the North-West country, blues, folk and roots scene both as a solo artist and with Harbour Moon and The Dansette Alligators.

He is a very talented songwriter having won competitions in America and adds this originality to every band he plays with. Finally, Martin Taylor came out of the North-West cabaret circuit playing right across Europe and shared the stage with Jimmy Weatherspoon and Gene Vincent’s original Blue Caps.

He met Paul Reaney in 2008 and the rest, as they say, is history. Together they produce some great music and bring their wealth of experience to what is always a smooth and entertaining performance.

They released their debut album, Whisper on the Wind, at the end of June 2011 and have appeared throughout the North West’s acoustic, roots and folk venues. Their new album, Daisy Lane, illustrates their continuing musical progression and I am sure that copies of both CDs will be available from them on the night.

The tickets for the evening can be booked from Paddy on 01352 720045.

Also, on Monday there are another two gigs in North Wales.

At Llandegla Memorial Hall it is another Singers and Musicians Night at Llandegla All Styles Music Club at 8pm. Hosted and organised by the excellent Barry Evans, who excels in his ‘master of ceremonies’ role, along with his equally charming wife, Kath you are always assured of a warm welcome in these hillsides! Admission is free.

The third Welsh gig is at Club Gwerin Conwy, Conwy Comrades Club, 8 Church Street, Conwy.

This often-overlooked club has some good guests and on Monday (Nov 18), at 8pm, is no exception when they host, Granny’s Attic, one of the best young bands on the British folk scene. Best to check on availability of tickets before you go so, phone Alison Shaw on o1492 596176.

Before we finally tear ourselves away from ‘manic Monday’, just one last gig to mention.

This time it is on the other side of the border in the city of the three graces, Liverpool. At the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the group, Celtic Woman, is in concert at 7.30pm.

This is part of their Ancient Lands Tour and, this four-piece female close-harmony group are a mufti-platinum international music sensation with their incredible vocal talent enhanced by the haunting fiddle playing of Tara McNeil.

Tickets, from £35, can be booked from the box office on 0151 7093789.

Now, on the Thursday (Nov 21) and another trio of gigs for your consideration although, in this case, you can easily attend two of them on the same day.

The reason is that, at the town’s super arts hub of Ty Pawb, the excellent current series of Live Music Recitals takes place between 1pm-2pm, leaving plenty of time to plan your evening.

On Thursday, the concert features two young local talents, Kate Henson and Fanny Parker and, even better, it is entirely free. Please go along and support them.

Following on, the same day Wrexham Folk and Acoustic Music Club, The Nag’s Head, Mount Street, Wrexham hold their regular monthly Singers Night, a Come All Ye invitation to all singers and musicians to go along and “do their own thing”. These nights have proved very popular over the years with resident band, Offa, hosting the proceedings. Once again, as with Ty Pawb, the event is free.

Over the border, the final of these three Thursday gigs is at The Hungry Horse Acoustic, Whitby Club Chester Road Ellesmere Pot at 8pm where their monthly Big Spot is filled by a talented local bend, The John Ward Trio.

A new name to me but, if that is your area, go along and see what you think. Also, to neatly round off our day this too is a free event.

Two Parish Notices this week about two gigs next weekend.

They are both on the Saturday (Nov 23) and it is advisable for you to book ahead if you plan to go to either of them.

In no order The Record Journal Live continue their season of concerts at Trelawnyd Hall, near Rhyl, with one of the most amazing and pulsating group of musicians you will ever see. They are the remarkable Blazin’ Fiddles who have been wowing audiences up and down the UK and, indeed, all over the world, for years with their high-octane performances and stunning musicianship. Tickets can be booked through the record journal website and usual agencies.

Finally, on the same evening, there is another treat lined up for acoustic music fans at Mollington and Backford Village Hall, Station Road, Backford, near Chester, features one of the most talented local folk-rock bands of recent years, Elbow Jane.

In fact, so busy are they that this is a rare opportunity to see them due to their bulging forward diary dates.

All members are, as you would expect, great musicians but there is one member who, I am sure local fans will remember from his solo appearances at Wrexham Folk Club.

It is Joe Topping, son of Tom Topping (of TTB fame) and Joe is a chip off the old block, having a wonderful voice and that presence with his audiences that is inherited rather than learned. Doors open at 6.45pm with a 7.30pm start and tickets, at £12 each, can be booked by phoning Meggi Silva on 01244 371771.

If you haven’t seen them yet, you are in for a treat and, if you have, you don’t need me to tell you how good they are.

As always, whatever you do and wherever you go, enjoy your music.