One Day September Goes Live One Day in January

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Most bands don't put out a live album until several studio-recorded releases are already under their musical belts. Winnipeg's One Day September, however, has decided to do things a little differently. On January 18, they're set to record their debut album at the West End Cultural Centre, proving their dedication to passionate performance and a connection with their audience.

"We feel strongly that One Day September is better known to be a live band," explains September's guitarist Russell Chan. "We feed off each other during our live shows and our dynamics are stronger."

The quartet, which has been around for nearly two years, combines folk, jazz and rock in fresh hybrid. Guitarist Chan, who also plays in Blueprint Gallery, had wanted an acoustic project to explore his background in many music styles. Chan joined with classically-trained upright bassist Patrick J. Farr (who has shared the stage with The Farrell Brothers and Ron Sexsmith), Jet Set Satellite's drummer Jeff Tétrault and vocalist Kelly McRae. After recording a single with local producer Lloyd Peterson at Private Ear Studio, Septembers' began to concentrate on penning an album. But instead of taking the path to the studio for their first release, September has ended up where they seem most comfortable.

"If we went into the studio, I don't think we can capture that feeling," says Chan. "For the past year we found out that we'd rather watch people react to our music. It makes us appreciate what we are doing. Communicating and connecting with our fans is our way of feeling rewarded."

Fellow Peggers own singer/songwriter, Cara Luft (Wailin’ Jennys) will open the night. In addition, the stage will be shared with 2002 Prairie Music Award winners Nathan. Producer Mike Daher (Pushing Daisies, The Mailman’s Children, etc.) of Good Fellas Productions will be recording the event, which September hopes to release in April, 2003.

"I can't wait," anticipates Chan. "I feel very excited because this is probably one of the biggest moments in my life."

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