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two-time grammy nominee


A Bluegrass Legacy

Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein, but with tremendous modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny.

Long I Ride (Official Music Video)

Music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass.

Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical art form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet.

She Took the Tennessee River



The Band



Above The Bay Booking

(Maria Nadauld)






We love the global bluegrass community and couldn’t do what we do without them. Special Consensus stands firmly behind the brands listed below.

Please do not hesitate to reach out and ask us about any of them.

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The Traditional American Music (TAM) Program

The Special Consensus tours year-round nationally and internationally. In 1984, the band created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages (and teachers) to bluegrass music, our own truly American born form of traditional music.

The Special Consensus has presented the TAM Program in hundreds of schools throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and South America since developing the program. The presentation is adapted to reach all age groups, from pre-school and kindergarten to middle school, junior high, high school and college level students. Instrumental and vocal workshops are also available for music class and festival programs.

A study guide is available for downloading from this site for use by teachers in the classroom prior to the in-school presentation.

Band leader Greg Cahill is a former chairperson of the Bluegrass In The Schools Committee of the Nashville, Tennessee, based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the TAM Program of The Special Consensus has become a model program for bluegrass artists and bands interested in developing an in-school presentation. A video production of a TAM Program presentation, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, was offered to bands and schools by the IBMA but was eventually replaced with the IBMA Discover Bluegrass DVD (produced by Greg Cahill and Nancy Cardwell) that includes demonstration of the bluegrass instruments by The Special Consensus.

Get in Touch

Contact Maria Nadauld for further information on pricing and availability:

Maria Nadauld
Above The Bay Booking

Discount rates are available for back-to-back performances at the same location in a single half day, and we can provide assistance with block booking at schools in the same region.

Arts Council Grants available for Special Consensus’ performance. Illinois Arts Council, Artstour program:

Illinois Arts Council (Artstour Program)
100 W Randolph, Suite 10-500
Chicago, IL 60601

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Special Consensus with special guests Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, and producer/banjoist Alison Brown, deliver a blistering version of the Josh Graves penned standard "Fireball."



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