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 19 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
Aug
25
Sat
2018
all-day Sorrento, BC, Canada @ Nimble Fingers Bluegrass & Old Time Music Workshop & Festival, Sorrento Centre
Sorrento, BC, Canada @ Nimble Fingers Bluegrass & Old Time Music Workshop & Festival, Sorrento Centre
Aug 25 – Aug 31 all-day
We are very excited to be performing at the Nimble Fingers Festival on Aug 25 and teaching at the Nimble Fingers Bluegrass & Old Time Music Workshop Aug 26-31. This is a premier music camp[...]
Sep
16
Sun
2018
all-day Woodstock, IL @ Harvest Fest, Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL @ Harvest Fest, Woodstock Square
Sep 16 all-day
Woodstock, IL is one of our very favorite towns to visit and Woodstock Square is an ideal location for an outdoor festival. We have played at the Woodstock Opera House many times over the years[...]
Sep
22
Sat
2018
all-day Miles City, MT @ Miles City Bluegrass Festival, Eastern Montana Fairgrounds
Miles City, MT @ Miles City Bluegrass Festival, Eastern Montana Fairgrounds
Sep 22 all-day
We have played at this great festival many times and we are happy to be back – it has been a few years! A fun filled family entertainment weekend and we thank Gloria for her hard[...]
Sep
21
Fri
2018
8:00 pm Bozeman, MT @ The Ellen Theatre
Bozeman, MT @ The Ellen Theatre
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm
We heartily thank Rik James and the Bozeman Folklore Society for initiating this concert with the fabulous Ellen Theatre. We will share the stage with our good friends Monroe Crossing for a fun evening of music[...]
Sep
23
Sun
2018
all-day Miles City, MT @ Miles City Bluegrass Festival, Eastern Montana Fairgrounds
Miles City, MT @ Miles City Bluegrass Festival, Eastern Montana Fairgrounds
Sep 23 all-day
We have played at this great festival many times and we are happy to be back – it has been a few years! A fun filled family entertainment weekend and we thank Gloria for her hard[...]
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