ACCLAIMED Chicago’s bluegrass finest, Special Consensus.
The folks behind Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival are kicking off a new year of music in Westport with a band billed as one of the best American bluegrass acts ever to tour Ireland – Special Consensus. The band, which first came to these shores in 1996, will make a welcome return to Matt Molloy’s on Wednesday, January 23, at 8pm.
Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, this four-person acoustic bluegrass band’s repertoire 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 US radio programmes and TV shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have seen the band play in Australia, Canada, Europe and South America.
Special C, as they are also known, have also appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras in the US, and they take pride in bringing an informative in-school presentation into classrooms around the world since 1984.
Band members include leader/banjo player Greg Cahill, guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas.
Their 2012 release ‘Scratch Gravel Road’ was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album, and two songs from ‘Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver’ received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards (Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year).
The 2016 recording ‘Long I Ride’ received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award, while last year’s ‘Rivers And Roads’ garnered two IBMA awards (Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.