27 May 2022

Special Consensus in Ireland, Jan.-Feb. 2023

The award-winning Special Consensus, founded in 1975 and going from strength to strength, first toured Ireland in 1995 and have since played here more times than any other band from abroad, settling into a biennial schedule of coming over early in the year. The BIB is delighted to announce that after missing 2021 because of the pandemic, the band are due back in January and February 2023. Their online tour schedule at present shows the following dates:
  • Wed. 25th Jan.: The Black Box, Belfast, 12.00 p.m.
  • Sat. 28th: Marketplace Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m.
[interval in Britain]
  • Fri. 3rd Feb.: Colfers Pub, Danescastle [?Carrig-on Bannow, Co. Wexford?], 9.00 p.m.
  • Sat. 4th: Bakers Bar, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m.
  • Sun. 5th: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.
  • Mon. 6th: Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
  • Wed. 8th: Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town, 8.00 p.m.
  • Thurs. 9th: Beehive Bar, Connonagh [?Ardara, Co. Donegal?], 8.00 p.m.
  • Fri. 10th: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.
  • Sat. 11th: Séamus Ennis Arts Centre & Café, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.
  • Mon. 13th: The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.
The photo above shows the Special C.'s current lineup: (l-r) Dan Eubanks, Greg Cahill, Greg Blake, Michael Prewitt.

Update 22 July: Since this post first appeared, two of the dates shown above have been dropped from the Special C. online tour schedule. We'll try to keep the BIB calendar up to date.

Update 19 Sept.: The band's tour schedule now shows a total of seventeen dates in this island from 25 Jan. to 14 Feb., with an interval of four dates in Britain, which include performing in the 2023 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. In addition, details of several of the dates shown above have been amended. A full updated list is now on the BIB calendar.

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At 1:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Killworth gig is now on in Banteer.

At 5:23 pm, Anonymous Richard Hawkins said...

Thanks to Anonymous for the above comment, received on 1 Dec. 2022. The BIB has been keeping track of changes in the schedule - especially as we'd heard that Kilworth had problems - and the poster of the schedule in its final form went on the BIB on 26 Oct. (https://bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2022/10/complete-special-c-tour-schedule-for.html).

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At 5:41 pm, Anonymous Richard Hawkins said...

Abject apologies - my comment above was pure self-delusion. The poster image I mentioned says 'Kilworth', and the BIB calendar still says 'Kilworth', though it'll be changed to 'Banteer' at once. Is the actual venue at Banteer known?

BIB editor

At 5:10 pm, Anonymous Richard Hawkins said...

Thanks to Nigel Martyn, the tour organiser, for confirming that the venue at Banteer is the Glen Theare. Nigel also reports that the online booking link in the band's tour schedule remains the same.

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