Musicians from around Scotland and beyond are pledging their support for musician Dale Barclay in his battle with serious illness.
The former frontman of The Amazing Snakeheads, is battling an aggressive form of cancer following his diagnosis late last year.
The Glaswegian musician, aged 32, has grade four Glioblastoma brain cancer, and is now raising funds to pay for specialist treatment following his completion of a six month NHS clinical trial.
A benefit gig is planned for Glasgow’s Broadcast on August 23rd, with Catholic Action, recently longlisted for the Scottish ALbum of the Year, among those on the bill. A second gig is planned for September 7th, also at Broadcast, while London fundraiser takes place on August 7th, with The Fat White Family and Shame on the bill.
Writing on his GoFundMe page, Barclay said: “I have had one craniotomy which removed 90 per cent of the initial tumour. After that, I did six weeks of radiotherapy and six months of a clinical trial alongside chemotherapy.
“My tumour has two mutations which make it rarer than average (had to be!). The cancer has returned. The fight continues with the power to face it raging in me.
He added “There is no doubt, whatsoever, that I’ll be living with cancer for as long as I am alive. However time pans out, it’s here, it’s now and it’s not going anywhere. The NHS have been stellar, true heroes – too many to mention. They have done everything in their power for me, but my treatment from here on out is going to cost money. I need specialist care. I am officially a customer. This is the reality.
“So, on to the point, I am asking for your help. All contributions will be greatly and deeply appreciated by me, my wife and my team. I do not stand alone and it gives me tremendous strength.”
Barclay, with The Amazing Snakeheads won critical acclaim for the release of their only studio album, 2014’s ‘Amphetamine Ballads’. The band split in 2015, with Barclay later forming And Yet It Moves.