If the Neath Valley is included at our look at talent, then Max Boyce must be featured.
Maxwell Boyce MBE is a Welsh comedian, singer and former coal miner. He rose to fame during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales. Having sold more than two million albums in a career spanning four decades, and playing to full houses all around the world, Boyce is one of the most successful and enduring entertainers in Welsh history.
Max Boyce was born in Glynneath on 27th September 1945 and has always lived there, but his family were originally from Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. Max first learned to play the guitar as a young man, when he had a love for poetry which lead him to writing songs without any ambition to build a career, which he says just happened.