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Honorary Fellowship for Legendary Entertainer Max Boyce

16.07.2014

Legendary Welsh entertainer Max Boyce has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea this afternoon (16/07/14).

Comedian, singer and entertainer Max Boyce was born and raised in Glynneath, South Wales, where he still lives with his wife Jean. He has two daughters, Cathy and Rhiannon and a granddaughter Rhosyn Alaw.

His father was killed in a mining explosion in Onllwyn 3, a Colliery in the Dulais Valley a month before Max was born. It was here in these mining valleys of the South Wales with their inherent warmth and humour, their sadness and passion that he was to find his inspiration to write ‘the songs of his people’ - the essence of the contemporary folk song.

Max’s songs and stories have become the anthems of his nation and his industrial ballads have captured the bitter-sweet, love-hate relationship of a people who spent their lives ‘emptying the hills to warm the world’.

There are not many people who have sold out The Royal Albert Hall, The London Palladium and The Sydney Opera House in Australia. His Albums and books have sold in their millions and he has been awarded several Gold and Silver discs include one for his iconic album ‘Live at Treorchy’ and another for his album ‘We All Had Doctors Papers’ which went to number one in the album charts and won him a place in the Guinness Books of Records.

Max has been the President of Glynneath Ruby and Golf Clubs for the past twenty years and he has been a tireless worker for numerous charities and good causes, in particular The NSPCC, The Noah’s Ark Appeal of which he is Vice President, Kidney Wales and McMillan Nurses. For his work with underprivileged children he was awarded the prestigious Sliver Heart award by the Variety Club of Great Britain.
In 1971 Max was admitted into the Gorsedd of the Bards at the Lliw Valley National Eisteddfod and in 1978 he was the subject of Eamon Andrews’ ‘This is Your Life’.

In the 1980s he embarked on the adventure specials where he played with The Dallas Cowboys American Football Team, rode with wild bulls in rodeos at the Cheyenne Frontier Days and played Elephant Polo in the jungle above Kathmandu in Nepal.
In 1999, Max was made a member of the The Excellent Order of the British Empire.

In more recent times Max’s star is once more in the ascent and a new generation is discovering his unique talent. His recent BBC Television programme celebrating his 70th birthday was the highest rated and most watched programme of 2013. This merely confirms his enduring popularity and the unique affection in which he is held by both young and old alike. February 2014 also saw Max made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Neath Port Talbot.

Max Boyce is simply an inspired and inspiring entertainer. A Welsh iconic legend and a modern day folk hero.

Max joked: “No one is more glad to be here today than me. Just four weeks ago I had a quadruple heart bypass operation. It’s not a bad thing really as I wouldn’t have fitted into this cap and gown a few weeks ago. I don’t know what I look like but I feel like the Sherriff of Nottingham in this outfit.

He continued: “I am genuinely proud to receive this Fellowship. It is said that a man’s true worth can only be measured by how they are perceived by people who live and share the same square mile. I am deeply honoured, more than you would ever know, to receive a Fellowship from a University within my Square Mile.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk