Faye Treacy Worries (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Faye Treacy Worries

Credit: Elina Photography

Debuting in Edinburgh with her slightly fretful one-woman horn section

Dipping her toe into Edinburgh's waters after taking advice given to her by the dole office guy about not giving up on your dreams, Faye Treacy is doing a short but sweet 30 minutes of idiosyncratic trombone comedy. Having taken up the classical instrument and joining a youth orchestra (the only way to rebel against a punk-lovin' dad), Treacy went on to attend the BRIT School at the same time as Adele and Jesse J.

Though this very early preview is beset with techy problems, Treacy’s charm and endearing performance soon wins us round. She's naturally wide-eyed with a perpetually worried look which she brandishes to her advantage as she lists her concerns (with musical accompaniment, of course). But she needn't fret too much as her one-liners are expertly crafted and sharp.

The simple analogy of comparing a trombone to a baby throws up some nicely daft and slightly risqué gags, though there's a slight over-reliance on the easy double entendre on blowing. But this is a promising start, and the popular classical piece played with the aid of a vegetable makes for a delightfully ludicrous and surreal finale that deserves to be seen.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, until 30 Aug, 1.15pm, free.

Faye Treacy Worries

  • 3 stars

Faye Treacy / Free Festival Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Faye Treacy went to the Brit School of Performing Arts with Adele and Jessie J, and then studied the trombone at The Royal Academy of Music with no one interesting. Faye worries… a lot… about earning enough money to live from telling jokes and playing a…