clonmel World Music proudly presents Special Consensus

Clonmel World Music proudly presents Chicago’s Special Consensus at the Raheen House Hotel in Clonmel on Friday, January 9th.

Clonmel World Music proudly presents Chicago’s Special Consensus at the Raheen House Hotel in Clonmel on Friday, January 9th.

Clonmel World Music is proud to be returning in 2015 for a sixth year of gigs at the Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel. The highly-successful gigs are run by local music enthusiasts on a voluntary basis and have brought top class bands to Clonmel from Ireland, the UK, Newfoundland, the USA and Canada.

The first gig of 2015 is on Friday, January 9th and features a famous US traditional Bluegrasss band who are on an Irish tour built around the Sixmilebridge Winter Music Festival. Formed in Chicago in 1975 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 seventeen recordings and has appeared on numerous US 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 Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Band leader and banjo player Greg Cahill is the former president and board chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Special Consensus was founded by Greg as a showcase for his urban traditionalist take on bluegrass which encompasses elements of Chicago blues, swing, newgrass, and country music. Over the intervening thirty-seven years the group has seen a myriad of personnel changes and has been the breeding ground for some of the best young stars in bluegrass today; Josh Williams, Chris Jones and Robbie Fulks are just a few names in a long list of former members who have gone on to build solo careers.

The current Special Consensus lineup is: Greg Cahill (plays banjo and sings baritone and tenor harmony vocals), Dustin Benson (plays guitar and sings lead, tenor, baritone and bass vocals), Dan Eubanks (plays bass and sings lead, baritone and bass vocals), Rick Faris (plays mandolin and sings lead, baritone, tenor and high baritone vocals).

The 2012 album release of ‘Scratch Gravel Road’ (Compass Records) was Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. Special Consensus’ current album ‘Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver’ features the wonderful songs of John Denver and debuted at number four on the Billboard Top Best Selling Albums Chart.

Doors for the gig will open at 8pm. There will be no support act and the band will start at 9pm. Tickets (€15) are available in Premier Music Centre Clonmel on 052 612 9811, from Gerry Lawless on 086 338 9619 and from Martha Beardmore on 087 910 7201.