RIP Cliff Stocker

Monday, 25th April 2016


Over the weekend the music world lost a true legend in Cliff Stocker. A charismatic frontman, renowned vocalist, prolific songwriter, a great friend to The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival and an icon to many in the music industry sadly passed away on Saturday night.

Cliff was known throughout the UK for his starring role in the hit band, Slack Alice. Founding the band in 1973, Cliff enjoyed great success and was renowned for his ‘gravel edged vocals’ and mesmerising harmonica performances.

Cliff Stocker also had an extremely successful and deep involvement in The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, working closely with our Festival organisers to ensure that the Blues public were treated to the best musical talent over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

All of his friends here at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, along with Pendle Leisure Trust, are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of music’s true talents, and would like to send our sympathy and support to the family of Cliff Stocker.

Due to Cliff’s involvement with the Festival, we would ask all musicians provisionally booked for this year’s Festival to bear with us at this difficult time and we will contact you in due course.