A SCOTS rock performer has died of brain cancer at the age of 32, just a week after enduring surgery.

Dale Barclay, the former front man of The Amazing Snakeheads had just a month ago been appealing for help to raise money for specialist treatment.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in December 2017.

He had turned to private treatment last month, and had an operation last week, but passed away on Tuesday night.

Barclay, who had also been making music with And Yet It Moves and occasionally the Fat White Family, had managed to raise over £43,000 towards his £100,000 goal.

Bands including Franz Ferdinand and Honeyblood took to Twitter to share their support.

The Glasgow musician's death was notified to his former manager on Wednesday morning.

Stephen Archibald, the manager of Mr Barclay's band And Yet It Moves said: "Everything is a bit raw just now...we all just need time to process what’s happened."

Tributes following his death were paid by a host of bands including  Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos who described him as "the essence of rock & roll.  A great performer and a great man".

Explaining his health in his GoFundMe campaign, Mr Barclay 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.”


Dale Barclay during one of his last performances in June.

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.”

Paying tribute on Twitter, the University of Glasgow's Queen Margaret Union wrote: “Gutted to hear of Dale Barclay's passing. A raw talent on the Glasgow scene. We were lucky enough to have Dale and his band Amazing Snakeheads play our stage in 2014.

The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds described him as a “captivating” performer.

During his time with The Amazing Snakeheads he released the critically acclaimed debut album Amphetamine Ballads in 2014.

The band announced their split in 2015, before Barclay later joined Glasgow group And Yet It Moves.