Magic of Dean Martin lives on in Tapping resident’s tribute show

Welcome to his world: Performer Mike Peden with resident Hester Mews. Picture: Martin Kennealey d445465
Welcome to his world: Performer Mike Peden with resident Hester Mews. Picture: Martin Kennealey d445465

SEMI-retired Tapping resident Mike Peden says he enjoys having the time to take his Dean Martin tribute show on the road.

The crooner recently visited Cambrai Village in Merriwa to perform for the residents and bring the sounds of Martin to life for one hour.

“I have always wanted to do something like this, put something back into the community,” Peden said.

“I love doing what I do and there are a lot of people that for one reason or another can’t get out to a show so I take the show to them.

“Dean Martin still touches the hearts of people in aged care and there have been a few moments when a resident has got upset because of a certain song, which on a couple of occasions has put a lump in my throat.”

Peden volunteers to perform at aged care facilities and retirement villages all over Perth.

“Aged care is just one of the issues in our community and being able to put together one hour’s entertainment for them is great,” he said.

“The people who work at these places are very special.”

Peden likes to interact with the audience, quizzing them on Martin and offering prizes for correct answers.

For more information or to help with prizes, call 0412 589 839 or email elainepeden2@bigpond.com.au.