COUNTRY singer Tommy Fallon’s 10-year tour of the States may have come to an end, but his career is still going strong in his new home – the Forest of Dean.
The 61-year-old star of the country music world, who has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Johnny Cash himself, has chosen Cinderford for his retirement.
Fallon, real name Ian Boycott, might be winding down but he is still performing in pubs and venues across the Forest.
“I may have semi-retired but I will keep playing around the local pubs,” he said. “I still write a lot of my own stuff too.”
At his career height, Mr Boycott reached number two in the country charts with Man From Tennessee and enjoyed an extensive tour of the States as a guitarist and vocalist.
Mr Boycott, of Glenmore Road, comes complete with snakeskin boots, crop coat and Nudie shirt.
Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s.
Mr Boycott’s friend Johnny Cash is considered one of the greats of the country world and was working on a retrospective album shortly before his death at the age of 71 in 2003.
But why a move to Cinderford for country star Mr Boycott?
“Touring the USA was incredible. I’ve had an amazing time. But I love it down here. It is a great part of the world. It is the people that get me.
“Forest people are so friendly. We always get chatting when I’m walking up the High Street with my Jack Russell.”
His latest gig took place in Coleford, but he now wants to go one step further by forming a new Forest band.
“I would like to get a bank together. I think it would be great fun,” he said.
He is looking for a bass player, a lead guitarist, a drummer, a fiddle player, even a banjo player and a female vocalist to join his new band with the aim of performing locally in venues such as pubs across the Forest of Dean.
Anyone interested in finding out more about joining Mr Boycott’s new band can get in touch with him by calling him on 01594 826082.