Wednesday, 23 May 2007

The Special Consensus: new mandolinist

Ashby Frank will be the new mandolin player/singer with the Special Consensus band, replacing Ron Spears, who is joining Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as bass player in mid-June 2007.

Ashby Frank, who is currently with Alecia Nugent, and has played with many other artists including Marty Raybon, will make his first appearance with the Special Consensus at the Bean Blossom festival in Indiana on 13 June, and will be playing with the Special C. during their tour in Europe at the beginning of July:

Wed. 4 July: France: Place de l'hôtel de ville (open air), 51000 Châlons en Champagne, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 6 July: France: Le Grand Séchoir, maison du pays de la noix (open air), 705 route de Grenoble, 38470 VINAY, 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 7 July: Switzerland: Grunderinseli Festival, Thun

Sun. 8 July: Germany: Sommersound 2007, Open air in the Stadtgarten of Gelsenkirchen-Mitte, 7.30 p.m.

Mon. 9 July: Germany: Gemeindehaus am Apostelplatz, Bochum-Harpen, 8.00 p.m.

Further details are on the A.R.T. Promotions website. The Special C.'s latest CD on the Pinecastle label, The trail of aching hearts, was officially released in the US on 15 May and has a featured review in the June issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.