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Andre Pettipas and the Giants, Natalie Lynn begin mini-tour and will take stage in Truro

Andre Pettipas and the Giants performed at Nova Scotia Music Week 2017, in Truro. This month they will play the Belly Up BBQ and Grill.
Andre Pettipas and the Giants performed at Nova Scotia Music Week 2017, in Truro. This month they will play the Belly Up BBQ and Grill. - Cody McEachern

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Get ready for some “grease coast rock n’ roll.”

That’s how Andre Pettipas good-naturedly describes the music of his group, Andre Pettipas and the Giants.

“When we do a live show, it is high energy,” Pettipas said.

Pettipas and company begin a four-show tour Friday, April 20 in Antigonish at the Split Crow Pub. Subsequent engagement are in Port Hawkesbury, New Glasgow and at the Belly Up BBQ and Grill in Truro. It’s part of the In Good Company mini-tour, as they perform with 90s pop-rock songbird Natalie Lynn, who invited them along.

“We have done some tunes with her before, so we didn’t hesitate,” Pettipas said.

The three-man group, which includes Pettipas’s brother, Travis, and Trenton native Marcus Cosh, formed in early 2015.

“I was home from Alberta for Christmas and I got a brain virus,” Pettipas said. The illness floored him for six months, during which time he “wrote a bunch.”

“I got a new outlook on life,” he said.

During his recovery, the Pettipas brothers started working on his new tunes. A short time later, on a Saturday night during a show at the Split Crow, he found the soon-to-be new band’s drummer.

“He was a rock n’ roller,” Pettipas said of Cosh.

A few days later marked their first rehearsal, then it was right into the recording studio.

“It all came together pretty quickly,” Pettipas said.

The band leader said they have “big plans” ahead, including the release of four new singles. With about 30 songs in the bank, the end goal is to release a full album.

“We are taking small steps,” he said.

An increased social media presence and the release of some videos are also on this summer’s to-do list.

There will be live performances, including some dates in Sweden, which will coincide with the release of a single, The Swedish Motel. In early September, there will be shows in Alberta, Toronto and Saskatchewan.

“We pride ourselves on going 100 per cent and giving people a great show,” Pettipas said.

For more information about Andre Pettipas and the Giants (andrepettipasandthegiants.com) and Lynn (natalielynn.ca), visit their websites.

If You Go

IN GOOD COMPANY MINI-TOUR

Natalie Lynn/ Andre Pettipas and the Giants

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Split Crow Pub

Antigonish

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

The Carriage House

Port Hawkesbury

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Commune

New Glasgow

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Bell Up BBQ and Grill

Truro

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