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King Size Slim


About the Artist


In 2005 Hastings based King Size Slim, aka Toby Barelli, began experimenting with a new sound – a sound fully conscious of its roots but with a new story to tell. Having spent the previous four years touring and recording with Two Tone pioneers 'The Selecter', that sound was always going to be rhythm led, rootsy and bass heavy, built from the ground-up to incorporate an innate love of blues and folk music from around the world. 

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar with a powerful and direct vocal style soon became the King Size Slim trademarks that define a truly heavyweight acoustic sound that at once both shouts loud and kisses sweet.

With over 150 shows across the UK and Europe in 2014 Toby quickly built a reputation as a powerful performer and a must see act on the roots, acoustic and blues circuits. Live shows at the legendary 100 Club, The Jazz Café and The Union Chapel announced King Size Slim to an enthusiastic London scene. 

All of this led to Toby being hand-picked to open the televised BBC Music Presents "Queen - Rock Big Ben" New Year Special.

The rest of 2015 saw more shows, more festivals (including Red Rooster, Beautiful Days, Acoustic Festival of Great Britain) and bigger stages with a support slot for Taureg nomads Tinariwen, a headline tour with guitar legend Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, live shows with Michael Chapman and an impressive breakthrough into Europe with more live shows and festivals in France, Belgium and Spain.

2015 also saw the return to the studio for the recording of his second studio album, CHUKKA CHUKKA (released by Treehouse44 on 15th April 2016), a project that confirms the sensibilities of King Size Slim as a singer/song writer and cements his reputation as a troubadour in the truest sense of the word.

Press and Media

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 (Milk Drunk radio play)

"King Size Slim gave the standout performance of the weekend… This was the real deal, authentic acoustic roots music.” eFestivals, review of The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain

Emerging Artist 2014 - British Blues Award Winner

'2 Seas Sessions' – January 2016, recorded exclusive video sessions for 2 Seas Studios, Bahrain

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Recent Releases

 Available as CD and download.

Available as CD and download.

 Available as CD and download.

Available as CD and download.

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