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
Jun
19
Tue
2018
6:30 pm Red Bluff, CA @ State Theater
Red Bluff, CA @ State Theater
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm
We are really looking forward to playing this double-bill concert with our friends Nu-Blu and we thank the State Theater for having us. We hope to see many of our CA friends for this fun[...]
Jul
1
Sun
2018
all-day Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Jul 1 all-day
This is a benefit concert/festival for the Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton, IN. We have always thoroughly enjoyed this festival in past years and are very pleased to be returning – a great music artist roster[...]
Jul
4
Wed
2018
10:00 am Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
We have enjoyed being in this parade numerous times and look forward to coming back this year. This is always a fun way to begin your Fourth of July celebration!     
11:30 am Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am
We always enjoy being part of this parade – it is a great way to begin your family Fourth of July celebration!
Jul
6
Fri
2018
7:00 pm Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm
We always truly enjoy playing in and around Topeka and seeing longtime friends of both Special C and the Faris Family Band (Topeka is home base for Rick). Bring the whole family to spend a[...]
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