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
Jul
22
Sat
2017
all-day Darrington, WA @ Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Music Park
Darrington, WA @ Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Music Park
Jul 22 all-day
We are so glad to be playing this renowned festival in Nick’s home state and we look forward to seeing many of our Washington friends.
Jul
23
Sun
2017
all-day Darrington, WA @ Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Music Park
Darrington, WA @ Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Music Park
Jul 23 all-day
We are so glad to be playing this renowned festival in Nick’s home state and we look forward to seeing many of our Washington friends.
Aug
3
Thu
2017
all-day Thornton, NH @ Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, Sugar Shack Campground
Thornton, NH @ Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, Sugar Shack Campground
Aug 3 all-day
This is our first time at this fine festival and we are very pleased to be on the band roster – looking forward to a fun day!
Aug
4
Fri
2017
all-day Wind Gap, PA @ AFBA Bluegrass Festival at Mountain View Park
Wind Gap, PA @ AFBA Bluegrass Festival at Mountain View Park
Aug 4 all-day
We always enjoy playing this great festival and we thank our friends of the Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association for having us back. Always featuring a great band roster and plenty of picking in the[...]
Aug
6
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Wheaton, IL @ Cantigny Park
Wheaton, IL @ Cantigny Park
Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm
One of our favorite outdoor venues to play – we are glad to be back this season!
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