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
Feb
24
Sat
2018
6:00 pm Long Beach, CA @ Southwest Bluegrass Association at Shutts Fabricators
Long Beach, CA @ Southwest Bluegrass Association at Shutts Fabricators
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
This will be a really fun show on the evening before we depart on Danny Stuart’s cruise to Baja. Icing on the cake is that the Jeff Scroggins band will also play a set. What[...]
Feb
25
Sun
2018
12:00 pm Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm
We’re going on a cruise! It has been years since we last participated in a bluegrass cruise and we are so pleased that Danny Stewart has invited us to be part of his 2018 cruise[...]
Mar
2
Fri
2018
all-day Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Mar 2 all-day
This is a fabulous bluegrass festival that we always thoroughly enjoy playing – perfect location, great artist roster and family friendly environment. Come on out!
Mar
3
Sat
2018
all-day Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Mar 3 all-day
This is a fabulous bluegrass festival that we always thoroughly enjoy playing – perfect location, great artist roster and family friendly environment. Come on out!
Mar
16
Fri
2018
7:00 pm St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
We played this venue in 2017 and we had a great time! We are looking forward to another fun evening and we of course thank Jeff for having us back. We look forward to seeing[...]
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