For those who still visit the Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes website it is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of Brian Hodgson.

Brian was a founder member of the band way back in 1987. He had suffered for some years with Parkinson’s disease, but his strong heart and eternal sense of optimism kept him going, when others would certainly have given in. Toward the end it became impossible for him to keep performing.

He spent his last few months in care and eventually passed away peacefully in hospital listening to his favourite music with his daughter Jennifer by his side.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him: his wife Sylvia, children, grandchildren and all the members of the band, along with its many followers.

It is a sad time indeed, but you will not be forgotten Brian.

Brian had a longstanding career in playing, songwriting and production and his credits included: Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Dave Edmunds, Shakin’ Stevens, Peter Sarstedt, Lonnie Donegan, Neil Innes, Sonny Curtis and Matchbox.