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
Aug
25
Fri
2017
all-day Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Aug 25 all-day
We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great festival in past years and are very much looking forward to returning in August 2017. Thanks to Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp and the Pine River Chamber[...]
Aug
26
Sat
2017
all-day Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Aug 26 all-day
We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great festival in past years and are very much looking forward to returning in August 2017. Thanks to Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp and the Pine River Chamber[...]
Sep
1
Fri
2017
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 1 all-day
We have had a fantastic time at this festival every time we have played here and we are really looking forward to this return visit. Always a great band lineup and lots of picking all[...]
Aug
31
Thu
2017
7:00 pm New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Town Hall, Bluegrass Downtown
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Town Hall, Bluegrass Downtown
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
Bluegrass Downtown is a free concert at the New Richmond Town Hall to promote bluegrass music and the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, which will be taking place over the weekend. We always have a fantastic[...]
Sep
2
Sat
2017
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 2 all-day
We have had a fantastic time at this festival every time we have played here and we are really looking forward to this return visit. Always a great band lineup and lots of picking all[...]
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