The Special Consensus tours year-round nationally and internationally. In 1984, the band created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages (and teachers) to bluegrass music, our own truly American born form of traditional music.

The Special Consensus has presented the TAM Program in hundreds of schools throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and South America since developing the program. The presentation is adapted to reach all age groups, from pre-school and kindergarten to middle school, junior high, high school and college level students. Instrumental and vocal workshops are also available for music class and festival programs.

A study guide is available for downloading from this site for use by teachers in the classroom prior to the in-school presentation.

Band leader Greg Cahill is a former chairperson of the Bluegrass In The Schools Committee of the Nashville, Tennessee, based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the TAM Program of The Special Consensus has become a model program for bluegrass artists and bands interested in developing an in-school presentation. A video production of a TAM Program presentation, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, was offered to bands and schools by the IBMA but was eventually replaced with the IBMA Discover Bluegrass DVD that includes demonstration of the bluegrass instruments by The Special Consensus.

Contact Maria Nadauld for further information on pricing and availability. Discount rates are available for back-to-back performances at the same location in a single half day and we can provide assistance with block booking at schools in the same region.

Maria Nadauld
Above The Bay Booking

Download School Program pdf

Arts Council Grants available for Special Consensus’ performance
Illinois Arts Council, Artstour program:

Illinois Arts Council (Artstour Program)
100 W Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601



Upcoming Events
8:00 pm Winter Park, FL @ Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
Winter Park, FL @ Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm
This will be our first appearance at this very cool venue that features a wide variety of music, especially jazz. We are one of only two or three bluegrass bands booked here and we would[...]
8:00 pm Chicago, IL @ Beverly Arts Center
Chicago, IL @ Beverly Arts Center
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
We look forward to this return visit to this beautiful venue and Greg is very pleased to be playing less than 30 minutes from his home in Oak Lawn!  It has been years since our[...]
6:00 pm Rockville, MD @ DC Bluegrass Union, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Rockville, MD @ DC Bluegrass Union, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm
We are honored to have been asked to perform a concert to conclude the day of the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition. We strongly encourage bands to enter this grand competition (it has helped winners find[...]
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm
We always have a great time at the “World Famous Station Inn”! One of our very favorite places to play – and one never knows who might drop in to sing a song or play[...]
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