Faces of Tamworth: country music festival founder Max Ellis

By Ella Smith
Updated February 15 2018 - 4:42pm, first published January 29 2018 - 4:00pm
Photos: Gareth Gardner

The Northern Daily Leader is celebrating the 200-year anniversary of explorer John Oxley reaching the Peel River by profiling 200 faces of Tamworth. With the Tamworth Country Music Festival wrapped up for another year, we meet one of the men behind the 46-year-old event. Max Ellis is a name synonymous with country music. He’s the man who coined our city “the country music capital” and the co-founder of our famous festival  – but he admits he hasn’t always liked country music. The 81-year-old has called Tamworth home for 51 years. He says it’s the people that he loves most.

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