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TV medic Adrian is changing his tune; TOUR: Punk band recalls actor's Young Ones roots.

Byline: By Marion McMullen

HOLBY CITY actor and former Young Ones favourite Adrian Edmondson is hanging up his comedic and acting boots and bringing his new band to Warwickshire.

The Bad Shepherds are described as a punk-folk band and they will be heading to Cox's Yard in Stratford as part of their first UK tour.

Adrian, who is married to fellow comedy performer Jennifer Saunders, is the band's vocalist and mandolin player.

The tour follows the actor's decision to leave BBC hospital drama Holby City to embark on a full-time music career. He has played Percy "Abra" Durant in the TV hospital drama since 2005 and before that made his name as Vyvyan in The Young Ones and Eddie "Elizabeth" Hitler in Bottom.

He also demonstrated his vocal abilities taking part in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.

The 51-year-old father of three said his forthcoming Warwickshire date would include "folked-up" versions of punk-rock songs such as Clash hits I Fought the Law and London Calling, Teenage Kicks by The Undertones and God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols.

The folk super-group includes experienced performers including Maartin Allcock, who has worked with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, Troy Donockley, who has performed with Nightwish, Maddy Prior and Midge Ure, and Irish fiddle player Eimear Bradley.

Adrian and the band plan to record an album later this year for release in 2009.

Their debut tour begins this weekend and ends in Stratford on December 23.

Ticket details are available from 08700 600100.


ROCKING ON...Adrian Edmondson
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 24, 2008
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