a momentous year
There are not many people who have filled the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium and broken box office records all over Great Britain. He makes Welsh audiences laugh even more of course, but only birthright can grant the right to that particular laughter.
Part of his success is that he has never laughed at his people but always with them. His humour, never spiteful or hurtful, even when taunting the English, the lances are not barbed, there is no bitterness. No-one, however, has really explained his success and perhaps we shouldn’t try. He has what all entertainers have, an appearance and style that is all his own and belongs to him alone.
Max can be mistaken for no-one else. He is wonderfully unique and his concerts are as one London critic remarked “Not so much an evening of music, more of an evening out with an eccentric Welsh friend”. It is an experience that is enriching as it is inspiring. And so, Max is still the wandering minstrel, the Troubadour peddling his songs and stories to those who would listen. It is what he knows best, appealing directly to the people – the stage gives him the license to rid himself of any shyness or insecurity.
His songs and stories have become part of folk culture and his recent performances at Wembley before the Wales v England International, and then again at the Concert to celebrate the opening of the new Welsh Assembly, were “inspired” and “inspiring”. His recent television programme ‘An Evening with Max Boyce’, recorded in front of a celebrity audience, was an unprecedented success and attracted the greatest viewing figures ever recorded for a BBC Wales Television Programme.
This merely seemed to confirm Max’s enduring popularity and the affection in which he is held by both old and young alike. This year has already been a momentous one for Max, with a sell-out Concert Tour and a BBC Television Series, to coincide with The Rugby World Cup, at which Max sang is legendary ‘Hymns and Arias’ at the Opening Ceremony.