Glasgow gig will honour musician with 'heart of gold' who died aged just 32

Glasgow gig will honour musician with 'heart of gold' who died aged just 32 <i>(Image: Dale and Laura Barclay)</i>
Glasgow gig will honour musician with 'heart of gold' who died aged just 32 (Image: Dale and Laura Barclay)

A charity gig is being held in Glasgow in memory of a musician who died at the age of 32.

Dale Barclay was diagnosed with an incurable glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumour in 2017 after suffering seizures, vomiting and a severe headache.

Despite the devastating diagnosis, Dale continued to explore his passion for music and kept writing songs.

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His wife Laura, 32, said: “Watching Dale perform was something else; like he’d been taken over by a power bigger than himself.

"He felt each note with every ounce of his being.

"Dale forged a path for many other young budding working-class musicians in the community, always offering words of support and encouragement to anyone who needed it.

"He had a heart of pure gold.”

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Laura, from Elderslie, met Dale when she watched his band Amazing Snakeheads perform in Glasgow in 2012, and she admires his determination to stay positive and focused after the earth-shattering diagnosis.

She said: "The survival prognosis for GBM is 12 to 18 months, but by the time Dale was diagnosed, four weeks after his first seizure, we had so little time left together.

"Despite knowing the grim facts about GBM, Dale was adamant we had to stay positive.

"We spent most of our days writing and recording, talking, eating and meditating.

"He was always so resilient, but I suppose he had little choice after his diagnosis.”

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Dale underwent radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, and after a catastrophic seizure, he passed away on September 25, 2018.

Laura then set up a fundraising group for Brain Tumour Research and finished writing a song by Dale called Wild at Heart which she has released both digitally and on vinyl.

All proceeds from both the gig and the song will go to the fundraiser.

She added that the gig was "in honour of Dale and the fire he lit in our hearts and bellies.

"Dale lived for music. His passion was infectious.

"He was such a huge presence on the music scene, inspiring so many.

"Putting on a show with our friends while raising funds felt like the most fitting way to honour his legacy."

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Each guest band - The Leather Corridor, Natalie Pryce and Boab - all consider themselves Dale's 'dear friends' and will perform a cover of one of his songs.

The gig will be held on December 4 at Stereo Bar in Renfield Lane, on what would have been Dale's 37th birthday.

Matthew Price, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are very grateful to Laura for organising this concert to honour Dale and help find a cure so that other couples don’t continue to be wrenched apart by this devastating disease.

“Sadly, with one in three people knowing someone with a brain tumour, Dale’s story is not unique.

"Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this but it’s only by working together that we will be able to improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.

"We’re really grateful to Laura for her support in setting up the Dale Barclay Fund.

"We hope people who read about Dale’s loss will be inspired to buy a copy of ‘Wild at Heart’ and/or go to the gig.”

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.