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

Click on photo to download EPK archive of press photos, bio and stage plot.

The Special Consesnus Tech Sheet

Click above to download SpecialC Tech Sheet


Upcoming Events
7:30 pm Manhattan, KS @ Manhattan Arts Center
Manhattan, KS @ Manhattan Arts Center
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
We are delighted to once again be included in the Birdhouse Fine Acoustic Music Series at the Manhattan Arts Center – we look forward to our performance in this great venue.
8:30 pm Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Apr 1 @ 8:30 pm
Please join us for our first FitzGerald’s double-bill concert with Special C alum/Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction host Chris Jones with his band Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. Chris is an award-winning musician and radio personality[...]
all-day Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Apr 6 – Apr 9 all-day
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo at this great camp that includes both bluegrass and old-time banjo instruction April 6 through April 9. Other instructors include Alan Munde, Scott Anderson, Wes Corbett, Janet Davis, James[...]
7:00 pm Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm
We have a great time every time we play here and this has become an annual show for us. Located just off I-70 at Exit 198 in Fairview, OH. Looking forward to seeing our OH[...]
8:00 pm Washington, DC @ Corner Store Arts
Washington, DC @ Corner Store Arts
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm
We have played at this great venue that has a wonderful display of art and a very pleasant cozy music room. Looking forward to seeing our friends in the DC area.
Song Demos

Click to

See All Videos