Back on the Road Again – The Cymbolick Penalties have Reformed.
At a recent get-together, five members of the band agreed to offer their services, once again, for either Masonic or non-Masonic organisers of fund-raising functions for worthy charitable causes. They will not charge for their services but will ask for an agreed donation to the charity benefitting from the event. The band members are Jake Jackson on bass guitar, Alan Kilburn on lead guitar, Graham Mitchell on keyboards, Roger Waltham on rhythm guitar and Andy Notley on drums. They are working on a new playlist and will present some fresh numbers for their gigs in future. The band is self-contained but welcomes the addition of guest musicians and/or vocalists when possible. A regular guest with the band is Sammy Lou, a fabulous female vocalist who, like the band members, will waive her fee for an agreed donation to the chosen charity. Steve Povey, on saxophone and guitar, a regular with the band until 2014, is also likely to feature as a guest. Other vocalists or musicians wishing to appear with the band are invited to contact them using the form below.
The Cymbolicks do not wish to take work away from paid bands, and will therefore not be available for Lodge Ladies Nights and other similar functions. One of the band members, and his wife, have both experienced cancer and the band is particularly keen to help charities related to cancer conditions. The recently launched Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity is another potential beneficiary of the band’s efforts. Later this year they will be helping to raise funds by appearing at the Party in the Park for the Mark Benevolent Fund at Luddesdown on 11th July and the Halloween Dance for the TLC Appeal East Kent, at Franklin Rooms, Gillingham on 30th October. These are examples worthy causes that do a lot of good for people in need. If you are thinking of running a fund-raising event for a worthwhile charity or other good cause, and would like to feature the Cymbolicks, please contact them using the form below.
The Cymbolick Penalties were originally formed to provide live music for the hugely successful “Winter Warmer” evening in February 2012. Subsequently the band appeared as the pit orchestra in the December 2012 Provincial pantomime.
In 2013 they played once again at the sell-out Winter Warmer, the after-show party at the Sheerness Freemasons’ Fete, the Kent Mark Provincial Garden Party, the inaugural Proms in the Province and a fund-raising event for the Balmoral Masonic Centre in Gillingham.
In the summer of 2012 Sammy, Steve and the band spent many hours in a recording studio to produce a limited edition CD which has sold throughout the Province and further afield. With thanks to all who purchased a copy of their CD, the Cymbolicks presented the Provincial Grand Master with a guitar case filled with £1,310 in cash, raised by the sale of their CDs, for the 2014 Festival. The presentation took place at the ‘Desert Island Discs’ meeting of the Sir Edward Elgar Lodge No 9837, on 19th November 2013, at the Maidstone Masonic Centre. The total raised in lieu of band fees so far exceeds £8,000.
After the closing of the 2014 Festival, further proceeds from cd sales have been donated to the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.
Some copies of the discs remain unsold so, if you haven’t got one already, please contact them using the form below. All proceeds from now on will go to the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Grand Charity.