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The Amazing Snakeheads' Dale Barclay has died, aged 32


Dale Barclay, the powerful and incomparable frontman of Scottish band The Amazing Snakeheads, has died following a battle with brain cancer.

Making music with And Yet It Moves and occasionally the Fat White Family, Barclay was suffering from a rare from of brain cancer and was desperately trying to raise the money for specialist treatment.

Despite raising over £40,000 of the required £100,000 target, reports now emerging that Barclay has tragically lost his battle. 

Tributes are now pouring in for frontman. “RIP Dale Barclay. The essence of Rock & Roll. A great performer and a great man,” fellow Scotsman Alex Kapranos wrote on Twitter.

The Wytches, who were leading the charitable campaign to help Barclay, added: “RIP to Dale Barclay. An incredible musician and performer.

“We were lucky enough to tour with him in 2014. Gonna spin the Snakeheads album later.”

Writing in his fundraiser, Barclay detailed his condition and paid tribute to the NHS’ support, he wrote: “I have had one craniotomy which removed 90% 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 continued: “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.”

He added: “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.”

RIP Dale.