Pilgrims Society

Six piece band that combines the music of Africa and Northern Europe with the funk sound of America in the 60’s and 70’s.

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Conceived in Uganda and born in the UK, Pilgrims Society is the brain child of Philip Ologe. His vision to fuse the music of Africa and Northern Europe with the funk sound of America in the 60’s and 70’s. the result: Pilgrims Society a group of 6 musicians from different backgrounds and cultures who have found themselves based in the UK either by default or choice.

Over the past few years Philip has surrounded himself with musicians capable of delivering his vision.

  • Erik Mauricia, a master conga and African Percussion player, as well as singer, constantly in demand for workshops and session work and a pretty good dancer!
  • Joe Djealani, a composer, arranger, guitarist and singer. Joe brings the detail and focus to the free form writing environment.
  • Ross MacPherson, a rock drummer now fully immersed in African and Latin rhythms bringing power and funk to the fore.
  • Al McIntyre, composer, arranger and bassist more at home on the fretless bass than most. Al is the bridge between the melody and intoxicating rhythm of the band.
  • Louis MacDonald, Pilgrims Society are blessed to have someone like Louis as part of the project. An improvisor of the highest order Louis electric mandolin interprets the mood of the music in ways only he can deliver.
  • Philip Ologe, composer, arranger, lyricist, guitarist and lead vocal. Philip is the driving force behind the whole project.

In 2023 Pilgrims Society ventured onto the Festival circuit playing Celtic Connections, Butefest, Prestfest, Solfest, Eden Festival, Scarecrow Festival, Love Music Hate Racism Benefit and Carnival to name just some.

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