Greg Cahill – Banjo
Greg Cahill plays banjo and sings baritone and tenor harmony vocals. He has been with Bluegrass Camp Germany since the beginning and we are very happy that he has worked us into his busy schedule again this year.
Chicago born and bred, he has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. Greg cofounded The Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally with the band since the late 1970s.
In 1984, he created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages to bluegrass music. He has appeared on all 16 of The Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three recordings: “Lone Star” (1980, with guests Jethro Burns and Byron Berline); “Blue Skies” (1992, with Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg); and “Night Skies” (1998, with Don Stiernberg and guests Sam Bush, Glen Duncan and Tom Boyd).
He has also recorded and toured European countries with the ChowDogs (Slavek Hanzlik, Dallas Wayne and Ollie O’Shea).
Greg has released four banjo instructional DVDs and teaches banjo at festival workshops and at music camps nationally and internationally. He is a banjo instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and an adjunct faculty member of the music department (teaching banjo) at Columbia College in Chicago.
He served on the Nashville based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors from 1998-2010 (Board Chair/President 2006-2010), became a Kentucky Colonel in 2010 and was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Greg was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music in 2007, elected President of the organization in 2011 and rotated off that board in 2012.
In 2014, Greg and his band, The Special Consensus, won both the 2014 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award, and the 2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.