The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present the five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winner and two-time Grammy nominee The Special Consensus in concert as part of the music series Folk in Fredonia on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Opera executive director Rick Davis notes that “Due to the continued high positivity rate for COVID in Chautauqua County, and in accordance with CDC and state guidelines, we ask all clients to wear masks before, during and after events of the Opera.”
Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass group whose repertoire includes traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass style.
The group performed at the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., While international tours have taken the group to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. -United.
The leader and founder of the group, Greg Cahill, is the recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. The band’s sound is based on a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music. With Cahill’s unique banjo playing style as a foundation, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) support each other effortlessly and consistently maintain a bluegrass center, as they play an instrument tinged with jazz or a song from the band’s award-winning tribute album to John Denver.
These four talented singers and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots. Rivers and Roads, the group’s 19th recording, received one 2019 Grammy nomination, five 2018 IBMA nominations and was named IBMA Album of the Year. The melody “Squirrel hunters” of this recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.
The Special Consensus performance is part of the Opera House Folk in Fredonia musical series, which is generously sponsored by the Gilman family. Tickets cost $ 20 for adults, $ 18 for Opera members and $ 10 for students, and can be purchased in person at the Opera ticket office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. be purchased online at www.fredopera.org at any time.