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  510-828-6961
Band Contact: Greg Cahill   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
10:00 pm Evanston, IL @ First Night Evanston, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Evanston, IL @ First Night Evanston, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
We are so pleased to be returning to the family-oriented New Year’s Eve event First Night Evanston. This non-alcoholic event includes a variety of performances for adults and kids from 7pm-midnight in seven downtown Evanston[...]
8:00 pm Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Our annual concert at this intimate venue; we’ll do our “no snow” dance well in advance! Only one night this year so be sure to get tickets in advance to guarantee seating.
3:00 pm Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm
Our first IL concert of the year – every year – in this beautiful historical venue. We so appreciate being included in the Maple Street Concerts series and we always appreciate seeing our “bluegrass family” of[...]
8:00 pm Wausau, WI @ Shoulder To Shoulder
Wausau, WI @ Shoulder To Shoulder
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
We have played this concert series several times over the years and look forward to this return engagement. Always great to see our WI friends at the beginning of the New Year!
3:00 pm Viroqua, WI @ Historic Temple Theatre
Viroqua, WI @ Historic Temple Theatre
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm
We have played at nearby Larryfest many times but never in this fabulous venue. We are really looking forward to a fun matinee show on a wintery January afternoon and we look forward to giving[...]
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