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GRAMMY NOMINATED | Best Bluegrass Album - 2012 Scratch Gravel Road

Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet…

LONG I RIDE is the 18th Special C recording and features songs from current band members, band alums Robbie Fulks, Justin Carbone and Ron Spears and songwriter/friends of the band. The subtle theme relates to the 40 year band anniversary in 2015 and band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Della Mae on “Highway 40 Blues,” Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and producer Alison Brown on a “fiery” instrumental version of “Fireball” and Summer McMahan on “First One To Know.”

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We had a wonderful visit in Ireland this past week accompanied by our wives and Nick’s girlfriend Hana, who became his fiancee when he proposed to her at Dublin Castle. Our performance schedule began Jan 12 in Dun Laoghaire and our wives and fiancee headed home today, Sunday. We will play every day through Feb 6 and return home the next day. Great to see so many of our friends over here!

We were very happy to find a fantastic review of our new recording “Long I Ride” in the December 2016 issue of the renowned bluegrass periodical Bluegrass Unlimited and another great review by our good friend/banjo maestro Tom Adams in the January issue of Banjo Newsletter. Excerpts from the reviews are posted on the Reviews page. We were also very pleased to see that the song “Long I Ride” moved up to #8 on the National Bluegrass Survey in BU, that the “Long I Ride” album moved up to #8 on the Top 15 Bluegrass Albums chart in BU and that the song “Long I Ride” was included at #12 in the Bluegrass Today Top 30 bluegrass songs for 2016 list. What a fine way to begin the New Year!

WE WON AN IBMA AWARD! We are so honored to have won the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for Fireball, which included phenominal playing by our friends Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and our producer Alison Brown. The tune appears on our new Compass Records release “Long I Ride.” We sincerely thank all of our peers and IBMA Member fans for voting for us.

Just confirmed: we’ll be sailing on Danny Stewart’s California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25-March 1, 2018. See our news page for details. This will be a fantastic event!
Danny Stewart 570-721-2760 http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com/

Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? We will all be offering instruction on our respective instruments in addition to band workshops that will cover songwriting and arranging, playing solos and playing behind other instruments and singers, playing and singing harmony parts, bluegrass harmony singing, etc. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

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Upcoming Events
Jan
18
Wed
2017
8:30 pm Strandhill, Ireland @ Strand Bar Roots Room
Strandhill, Ireland @ Strand Bar Roots Room
Jan 18 @ 8:30 pm
We have played in Sligo a few times – most enjoyable people who love music and having fun!
Jan
19
Thu
2017
8:30 pm Ballyshannon, Ireland @ Dicey Reilly's Pub & Off-Licence
Ballyshannon, Ireland @ Dicey Reilly's Pub & Off-Licence
Jan 19 @ 8:30 pm
Wow – this pub was established in 1856 – renowned as a really fun place to visit and we look forward to playing here.
Jan
20
Fri
2017
8:00 pm Letterkenny, Ireland @ Regional Cultural Centre
Letterkenny, Ireland @ Regional Cultural Centre
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
This is a beautiful theater and we are very much looking forward to playing this venue again.
Jan
21
Sat
2017
9:00 pm Headford, Ireland @ Campbell's Tavern
Headford, Ireland @ Campbell's Tavern
Jan 21 @ 9:00 pm
This was one fun place – we played here in 2015 and look forward to being back.
Jan
22
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Sixmilebridge, Ireland @ Winter Music Weekend, Corn Barn, Bunratty Folk Park
Sixmilebridge, Ireland @ Winter Music Weekend, Corn Barn, Bunratty Folk Park
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm
We have played this festival many times thanks to our friend Brendan Walsh, who always books a great variety of top-notch musicians for a wonderful weekend of music and dance.Greenshine is the support band.
Song Demos

Fireball

Long I Ride

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave