In July 2006, Cornwall lost a unique guitarist/singes/composer, Al Hodge.
Al was as much at home playing the pubs and clubs of Cornwall as he was, the world stage. He played with some very well known names in the business, including Leo Sayer ,Elkie Brooks, Suzi Quatro, Toyah Willcox, Sad Café, Randy Crawford and Clifford T Ward to name a few. Al also wrote many fine pieces of music. These ranged from rock songs for Meatloaf to beautiful ballads. He wrote the music for the theatrical production at the Hall for Cornwall of the DM Thomas book Hellfire Corner – the story of the legendary Cornish rugby player, Bert Solomon.
Alstock’s stated aim is to remember Big Al, give the people of Bodmin a great day out and to raise money for local charities. More about that here https://www.alstock.co.uk/charities/
The first Alstock was held in 2007 at Bodmin Football Club and has been held at the same place every year (bar one – 2016) since. The event is now a much larger affair as can be seen from the attached image with the best part of 1500 people attending the festival from 12 noon onwards.
Their main aim is to fundraise for local charities and this year Cornwall Blood Bikes was lucky enough to be nominated and we had a great day, our volunteers have now been invited to attend a cheque presentation evening.