Trevor Browne – the greatest folk-rock singer of all time, who inspired The Beatles – idly decides to come out of retirement to share his musical meditations on the meaning of life. This character is hilariously brought to life with an aloof air of condescension, uninterested audience interaction and the narcissistic facial expressions of a self-confessed Rock n’ Roll God. The audience was captivated by his remarkable self-importance as he recites his underwhelming poetry and divinely inspired lyrics with a guitar, banjo and harmonica; Browne is an unquestionably talented musician and skillfully engages the audience throughout. But, although the character is a clever concept, faultlessly performed and his tunes are thoroughly enjoyable, it’s not as funny as it could be.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 7.00pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Nathaniel Meyers]