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Title: Birthday tribute to Max Boyce - Only Boys Aloud
Post by: Tom on September 21, 2014, 08:51:00 PM
This probably won't mean much to anyone not in Wales during the 70's, 80's and 90's.

My all-time favorite Welsh folk singer/song writer was a valley boy named Max Boyce. His music was a combination of his fanaticism for Welsh rugby and his special form of self-deprecating humor that made fun of the Welsh culture, history and lifestyle (he was one of few who could get away with it.)

I've sung Max' many songs a capella for many years, but I've never been able to accompany myself, which he does with a guitar. Since I'm currently in guitar-learning mode, I recently dug out some of his songs, did a little re-arranging, and I'm learning to play them as I sing along.

Max is currently 71 years old, and still on the concert circuit, although he recently had a heart situation that caused him to cancel concerts for the rest of the year.

I stumbled across a U-tube video of a Welsh boys a capella choral group Only Boys Aloud who sang a 70th birthday tribute to Max (a medley of some of his songs) live on TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6jPyICPVSs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6jPyICPVSs)

These same boys also appeared on the UK equivalent of AGT, Britain's Got Talent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AARrVAHnkdY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AARrVAHnkdY)

These boys are amazing, and hopefully will grow into the tradition of (adult) Welsh male voice 4-part choirs.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Birthday tribute to Max Boyce - Only Boys Aloud
Post by: cymro on September 22, 2014, 07:47:54 AM
I also have been enjoying Max Boyce for years!!
Title: Re: Birthday tribute to Max Boyce - Only Boys Aloud
Post by: Tom on September 22, 2014, 07:56:17 AM
Glad to hear it Cymro. He disappeared for a while, but has had a comeback the last few years.

BTW did you catch the line in the boys' choral tribute "he's done more for rugby than any player has"? A bit of an overstatement, given that the great players of the 'golden era' of the 70's gave him fodder for his early songs. OTOH he has been a huge and very visible fan of the game.