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Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Bettystown singer (83) entertaining people around the world during Lockdown

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Eddie Peppard resting between his worldwide performances on Facebook.

Eddie Peppard, who lives in Fairways Lawn in Bettystown, has so much energy you’d never think that he is 83. Eddie has been singing since he was seven years old and in recent weeks he has taken to Facebook to entertain people around the world during lockdown.

He can even remember the first song he ever sang – “Buttons and Bows” the Academy award winning 1947 song with music by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans.

For a living Eddie drove taxis in Dublin for 57 years and has many a story to tell about those days. After he retired he moved to Bettystown in 1997 with is beloved wife Patricia who sadly passed away in 2016.

He became a member of the Laytown and Bettystown Choir and really loved the comradeship of singing with is East Meath colleagues.

Eddie is also a member of the Forget Me Nots choir http://forgetmenots.ie/ for older people and he and some friends have also entertained residents in various local nursing homes including Moorehall.

All that has stopped now of course due to the dreaded Coronavirus but, “if you gotta sing, you gotta sing”, so Eddie took to Facebook and has attracted a huge following from around the world.

“Most of us in the choir are in our eighties and could be in our nineties by the time we got back so I decided to do my own thing and took to Facebook to sing” Eddie told Drogheda Life.

Now he sings live on Facebook six times a week, at 11.00 and 4,00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, he sings hymns in the morning and requests in the afternoon.  

Over the last couple of weeks he has picked up a large following with people logging on from as far away as Japan, The USA, Italy and Australia. Here is one of his videos to check out.

"I’m just loving it” Eddie, who calls himself "The Oldest Crooner in the World. Probably" told Drogheda life, “it has given me a whole new lease on life. Just like my heart by-pass did in 2004!”

Here’s a link to one of Eddie’s Facebook performances:

https://www.facebook.com/eddie.peppard.14/videos/721071038653624/

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