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
May
25
Thu
2017
4:00 pm Fischbachau, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2017 at Fischbachau, Germany
Fischbachau, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2017 at Fischbachau, Germany
May 25 @ 4:00 pm – May 28 @ 2:00 pm
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo, Rick will be teaching flatpicking guitar and Special C alum Ashby Frank will be teaching bluegrass mandolin at this camp based in the beautiful countryside of Germany. Other instructors include[...]
Jun
1
Thu
2017
all-day Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day
Greg is back to teach at this excellent banjo camp, along with some of the very best players/instructors of both bluegrass and old-time banjo styles. We are happy to welcome Dan to the faculty this[...]
May
31
Wed
2017
7:30 pm Lansing, MI @ 5-String Round Robin, Elderly Instruments
Lansing, MI @ 5-String Round Robin, Elderly Instruments
May 31 @ 7:30 pm
Greg will join banjo greats Bob Carlin, Joe Newberry and Hank Sapoznik for a “5-string Round Robin” to play songs and tunes, tell stories and have a fun pre-Midwest Banjo Camp visit with everyone. If[...]
Jun
9
Fri
2017
all-day Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Jun 9 all-day
This is a fabulous festival and we are extremely pleased to be playing here. This is Nick’s home area and he is especially looking forward to seeing family and friends at this great event.
Jun
10
Sat
2017
all-day Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Jun 10 all-day
This is a fabulous festival and we are extremely pleased to be playing here. This is Nick’s home area and he is especially looking forward to seeing family and friends at this great event.
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