27 October 2015

A new edition of Special Consensus

As noted in the BIB on 30 September, there was a special concert last Saturday (24 October) to celebrate forty years of the Special Consensus as a full-time touring band. The concert was a great success, and the Special C. has now announced the new format for the band when guitarist Dustin Benson leaves after two shows the weekend after next.*

Rick Faris will take over the guitar role; Rick, an award-winning guitarist and a highly regarded luthier, will be playing a guitar of his own making. Coming in on the mandolin will be Nick Dumas, a young multi-instrumentalist from Seattle, Washington. A photo of him heads this feature on Bluegrass Today. More details are given on the Special C. news page.

As a reminder of the band configuration that toured Ireland early this year - and as an example of a superb band working round a single mike - enjoy this YouTube video of the Special C. playing their Bill Monroe tribute song, 'Monroe's doctrine'.

*A coincidence (or perhaps it's just a Special Consensus) - the band played the Down Home in Johnson City, TN, on Fri. 6 Mar. 2015 and the Station Inn, Nashville, TN, on Sat. 7 Mar. The final shows with Dustin will be at the Down Home on Fri. 6 Nov. and the Station Inn on Sat. 7 Nov.



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