Press Kit

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, 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. 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 Compass Records band release Scratch Gravel Road was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 Compass Records band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award and the 2018 Compass Records band release Rivers And Roads garnered two more IBMA awards for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Album of the Year.


Booking Contact: Above The Bay Booking – Maria E. Nadauld  510-828-6961
Band Contact: Greg Cahill   708-606-1554

 Long I Ride EPK

Special C band photo 2015

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The Special Consesnus Tech Sheet

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Upcoming Events
7:30 pm Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm
We sincerely thank our good friend Wolfram for making it possible for us to schedule this return visit. We had a great time performing here in 2016 and it will be so good to see[...]
8:00 pm Denmark @ Karens Minde Kulturhus
Denmark @ Karens Minde Kulturhus
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
We always have a wonderful time when we play at this venue and we thank Arne and Flemming for bringing us back to Denmark whenever we come to Europe.
8:00 pm Sabro, Denmark @ Wintercoat
Sabro, Denmark @ Wintercoat
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
We had a great time here on our 2016 tour and we appreciate Niels and Disa for having us at this fantastic family-owned and operated brewery situated just outside of the village of Sabro in[...]
2:00 pm Denmark @ Kulturhus Korsor
Denmark @ Kulturhus Korsor
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm
We very much enjoyed our concert at this wonderful center in 2016 and we hope to see the friends we made at this concert.
9:00 pm Oslo, Norway @ Herr Nilsen
Oslo, Norway @ Herr Nilsen
Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm
We thoroughly enjoyed our performance at Herr Nilsen in 2016 and we look forward to seeing the friends we made then – this is a fun venue and we thank Kjetil for having us back!
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