A Bildeston man who changed his life around at 30 by becoming a professional guitarist has returned home to play alongside one of the biggest stars of the 80s, Adam Ant.
Tom Edwards, 37, was encouraged to pursue his love of music while a student at Great Cornard Upper School but always kept it as a hobby, never believing it could be anything more.
Now he is returning home to Suffolk after seven successful years in London to play alongside 80s legend Adam Ant in his band, Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse.
The ex-computer programmer said: “It is quite a special thing to be returning home as a professional musician, something I never even dreamt I could be.
“In fact, before I left the area seven years ago, I was in a job I wasn’t happy with and I think I was really quite lost.
“Luckily, I fell in love, moved to London and everything just changed.”
Armed with more than 20 years’ experience playing in small pubs across the county, sometimes to an apathetic audience, he began playing more and more gigs in clubs and pubs in the city and was eventually able to ditch the day job.
Rubbing shoulders with some of the most respected musicians in the UK, including Morrissey’s guitar player Boz Boorer, he now plays in venues throughout the West End as well as touring the country.
He added: “I appreciate what I do more than anything because I spent so long doing something I didn’t enjoy.
“I’m also really grateful for the teachers at my school, as although I never enjoyed my academic subjects, all the pupils were encouraged to play music.”
His band wowed the crowds at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Friday as part of their UK tour.
LIVING THE DREAM: Professional guitar player Tom Edwards has returned home.