Folk music festivals take place in many countries and they can be a great way to get to know the breadth of the phenomenon people mean when they refer to “folk music”. (One person’s folk music can be another person’s pop or jazz – but let’s not get sFestivals Can Showcase the Range of Folk Musictarted on what constitutes “real jazz”).

Which festival? That’s up to the individual: there are big festivals, medium-sized festivals and small festivals; there are festivals that focus on sea shanties, on Americana (and never forget that huge amounts of the American folk music popularized by people like The Carter Family and, later – much later – Bob Dylan, originated in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland), and on regional song.

So what it comes down to is:

•Does the would-be festival reveler want to travel far or be somewhere close enough to go home at night?

•What time of year is best?

Whatever, try to make the first festival one with a wide variety of music on offer. Taken entirely at random, here’s what’s on offer at the Pennine Sky Folk and Roots 2016 Festival at Tan Hill (the highest pub in England; it’s in the North Riding of Yorkshire and don’t let any government apparatchik say otherwise):

Something Nasty In The Woodshed

Bagpipe-driven folk rock

Flossie Malavialle

French soloist now based in northeast England

Winter Wilson

Lincolnshire vocal duo. When Noel Coward said Norfolk was “awfully flat” he presumably hadn’t seen Lincolnshire – but flat does not describe these two gifted singers.

Roisin Ban

A five-piece Celtic band from Yorkshire.

The Ginjammers

Americana, taking in blues, bluegrass, folk, gospel and country.

The 309s

Great for Carter Family fans.

There it is, then: a single festival plucked from the list planned in Britain in 2016, and there’s something for every folkie and everyone wanting to find out if they might be folkies. Yee-haa!