Bands and members of the music community have been rallying around after a campaign was launched to help former Amazing Snakeheads‘ frontman Dale Barclay, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Barclay, who now plays in And Yet It Moves and occasionally Fat White Family, has launched a campaign on GoFundMe to fund treatment after being diagnosed with grade four Glioblastoma brain cancer late last year at the age of 32.
“I have had one craniotomy which removed 90% of the initial tumour,” he wrote. “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 continues: “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.”
I went upto Glasgow to visit Dale and his wife Laura a few months back to see how they were coping with this and I can safely say I have never seen courage, dignity, love and grace like it; the two of them are an… https://t.co/9cHHhWsYc3
— Fat White Family (@FatWhiteFamily) August 1, 2018
This man is a true talent and this illness is nothing but a tragedy.
Please give whatever you can https://t.co/t2gZksy1fJ
— shame (@shamebanduk) July 31, 2018
If you can donate, please do it. We are rooting for you Dale. https://t.co/jgq0e6GvNj
— honeyblood (@yumhoneyblood) July 31, 2018
— Bob Hardy (@B0bHardy) August 1, 2018
Our friend is very poorly, not only is he a talented fucker and a proper handsome fucker, he’s also one of the sweetest fuckers I’ve met in this poisonous vacuous world of no-biz. If you can help, you will help. X Adrian for the Moonlandingz https://t.co/tI2hB9z5gj
— The Moonlandingz (@themoonlandingz) July 31, 2018
We had the pleasure of touring with The Amazing Snakeheads a few years ago. Dale and the others made us very welcome. Really saddened to read this. Give all you can. #dalebarclay #theamazingsnakeheads https://t.co/eBER72SG10
— The Wytches (@TheWytches) July 31, 2018
Dale Barclay of @AYIM_band and other excellent musical projects is fighting brain cancer, if you have a few £'s spare please consider donating to his medical bills as he fights to beat the illness. https://t.co/YpFM1vMhJ3
— Electric Fields (@Electric_Fields) July 31, 2018
The Amazing Snakeheads released one album, 2014’s ‘Amphetamine Ballads’, which came out on the Domino label to critical acclaim. They then split in 2015.