Max crossed the Rhigos Mountains from his home in Glynneath to record his first album ‘Live at Treorchy' Rugby Club – the album that changed his life when it went gold.
Remaining true to his Welsh roots, Max Boyce still lives in Glyn-Neath where he was born in 1945. And it's the Valleys, as well as his own family's tragedy, that have inspired his music. Just days after his birth Max's father was killed in a pit explosion. Songs like 'Rhondda Grey' and 'Duw! It's Hard' come from his decade spent working in the pits.
Spotted in a Pontardawe folk club, BBC TV series, books of his poems, songs and stories followed, as well as pantomime and invitations to sing at the opening of the Welsh Assembly and the Rugby World Cup.
Where to Visit?
Explore Glynneath - the town that Max adores.
27 September 1943