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Local hero Max Boyce to launch tour at Gwyn Hall

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 09, 2012

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THEY'LL be singing hymns and arias in the Gwyn Hall in Neath when local lad Max Boyce kicks off his latest tour.

He will be hitting the road around Wales this autumn, but will only have to make the short journey from his Glynneath home to get it started.

The ex-miner has clocked up a string of albums, an MBE, cult hero status, sell-out concerts and successful TV shows.

His tour will get under way in the Gwyn Hall on Saturday, September 29.

Subsequent dates will see him appear in North and South Wales, including a show at Swansea's Grand Theatre on Saturday, November 3.

He will also play venues in Tewkesbury and Runcorn, Cheshire.

A spokeswoman for the promoters said: "His energy, enthusiasm and warmth on stage produce an atmosphere in a concert rarely achieved by other entertainers.

"His popularity is once more in the ascendant and a huge new young audience is discovering this unique entertainer whose ability to paint pictures in word and song have made him into a modern day folk hero.

"His legendary songs and stories have touched so many people's lives and his ability to entertain the old and young alike over so many years is testimony to the unique talents of this inspired and inspiring entertainer."

Max had been lined up to play at the Gwyn Hall in 2008 after its £4 million renovation, but then a devastating fire reduced it to ruins and the hall had to undergo a second restoration.

It finally opened in March this year after £7 million was lavished on it.

Max is currently in Scotland.

But in the past he has spoken of his love of giving live performances.

The ex-miner also revealed he drifted into showbusiness.

"I had no desire to become a performer or to be an entertainer, no desire to be anything," he once recalled.

"I had a love of poetry and eventually started writing songs without any ambition to build a career."

paul.lewis@swwmedia.co.uk

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