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
Jun
30
Fri
2017
11:15 am Chicago @ 600 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago @ 600 W. Chicago Ave.
Jun 30 @ 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
This will be a fun summer lunch hour outdoor concert with Greg and three Special C alums. Come on out to see who will be playing Special C music in “the shade of the old[...]
Jul
2
Sun
2017
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 2 all-day
This is a benefit concert/festival for the Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton, IN. We thoroughly enjoyed this festival in past years and are very pleased to be returning – a great music artist roster and fun[...]
Jul
4
Tue
2017
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 several times and look forward to coming back this year. Parade route begins at Hibbard and Winnetka Roads. This will be 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 – this year it begins in front of the Glenview Community Church at Glenview Road and Elm Street and it is a great way to begin your family Fourth of[...]
Jul
6
Thu
2017
all-day Centre Hall, PA @ Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Grange Park
Centre Hall, PA @ Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Grange Park
Jul 6 all-day
This will be our first appearance at this fine festival that our friends of the Remington Ryde band started 10 years ago. We really appreciate them asking us to come celebrate this banner year with[...]
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