Press Kit

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 18 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984. Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music and a recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award (in 2011). Other band members include guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas. The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver  (Compass Records) won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The tune “Fireball” (featuring special guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) on the 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride won the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.

Booking Contact: Above The Bay Booking – Maria E. Nadauld
marianadauld@pacbell.net  510-828-6961
Band Contact: Greg Cahill  greg@specialc.com   708-422-4335

 Long I Ride EPK


Special C band photo 2015

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The Special Consesnus Tech Sheet

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Upcoming Events
Feb
23
Thu
2017
8:00 pm St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
We have never played this venue but have heard only great things about it and we are looking forward to a fun evening. And we of course thank them for having us and we look[...]
Feb
24
Fri
2017
7:00 pm Crystal River, FL @ St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Crystal River, FL @ St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
We are so pleased to be coming back to St. Timothy’s for a concert! It is a great venue for acoustic music and we always have a very enjoyable evening here. Hope to see many[...]
Feb
25
Sat
2017
all-day North Miami Beach, FL @ Everglades Bluegrass Festival, Greynolds Park
North Miami Beach, FL @ Everglades Bluegrass Festival, Greynolds Park
Feb 25 all-day
We are really looking forward to returning to the Everglades Bluegrass Festival in February – it has been many years since our last appearance at this fest. We appreciate the South Florida Bluegrass Association for[...]
Feb
26
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Orlando, FL @ Fodor's Grove House Concert
Orlando, FL @ Fodor's Grove House Concert
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm
This will be our first time at Mark’s concert space and we have only heard wonderful things about this setting for a show. We hope to see many of our FL friends from the area.
Mar
10
Fri
2017
all-day Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mar 10 all-day
We always have a great time at this festival – always a good talent roster and plenty of picking all weekend.
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