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To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.

The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims

An hour or so before show-time, you could usually hear The Pilgrims backstage slapping together a last-minute arrangement. Their contract with The Surf in Nantasket, Hyannis and Salisbury, required that they play a sampling of the day’s Top-40 hits at every gig. So they’d work on the likes of “Help Me Girl” or “Walk Away Renee” then hold their noses and use them to open their first set. With that out of the way, they could move into the music that brought the band together and brought the crowds every night: Memphis Soul. Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Sam &…

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