August '19 Its been hot and its been wet
Late summer '19 has seen KING SIZE SLIM perform a number of exclusive private parties, a 'breakfast' session on board a pleasure craft in Bournemouth harbour and a bizarre session in a converted storm drain in deepest Sussex. Recording , mixing and mastering continues for an imminent release of new material to coincide with the upcoming KING SIZE SLIM 2nd Sundays Autumn residency at the much lauded Albion in Old Town Hastings. Una autèntica guitarra Jacobi del 1943? Back in February '17 Toby Barelli visited Catalonia residing for a few days in the ancient Gracia part of the City. Hidden amongst the alleyways, piazzas and lanes of this most ancient annex Toby found a guitar store , in the back of the store sat a beautiful but peculiar Manouche style arch-top guitar, something about the instrument called to Toby and he 'couldn't leave it there'. The Guitar was hand-built in 1943 by the 26 year old Jose Jacopi, just a few months before he won the Concurso Provincial de Artesanía establishing himself a fine reputation as an instrument builder. Later in his life Jacopi became world renowned for his Argentinian style Flamenco guitars, some of which now sell for 10s of thousands of Dollars. This example however represents the young Jacopi' experimentation with Steel-strung Jazz guitars, there never were many of these, and this is the only known example, its marked number 13. Its had a chequered history since the mid- forties, abandoned by Jacopi in Barcelona as he escaped Francos' Spain for Argentina , stored in damp cellar in Gracia,forgotten and then found and rebuilt quite poorly. Nearing the end of a full restoration with Luthier Nigel Martin of Truenotes music ,a genuine excitement builds in the KSS camp to see and hear this genuine piece of history restored to it former glory. The Sun is over the yard Arm! Heres a some footage of Toby Barelli and interviewer Nick Bloomfield imbibing a cheeky early beer with some chat and a song entitled ' A Gracia ' inspired by the political troubles in Catalonia and particularly in Gracia de Barcelona https://youtu.be/C0sw_IHip10
July '19 Here comes the Summer!
Amongst a bunch of summertime shows, KING SIZE SLIM were invited to headline the 'Little Green Cardigan' event in the historic Sussex town of Battle and also to appear at 'Sussex Gin and Fizz' on a barmy hot saturday afternoon in the centre of the county town of Lewes. June also saw Toby Barelli feature as special guest at Hastings' magical venue 'The Electric Palace' in the June edition of their singer/songwriters 'in the round' series. Staying slightly off the beaten track Toby also featured in an entirely new venture 'The Stag presents an audience with... ' a series of intimate of Q and A and music sessions with Hastings based artists in Hastings oldest public house. Make a cup of tea, maybe even get some biscuits, sit back and tune in to 'An Audience with Toby Barelli' https://youtu.be/Y6RQ-3eD5js https://youtu.be/FbxO3tjM3cg
June 2019 sees the return of KING SIZE SLIM 'Chess Square Sessions'. Hidden in the heart of Hastings Old Town is a public area with a rich and colourful history named Butlers Gap or 'The Chess Square'. It has become something of a tradition for the KSS line-up to perform guerrilla style shows in the Chess Square in early summer. This year the no fuss, all acoustic, pop-up shows feature new songs from the forthcoming new album alongside old favourites. The all daytime performances are never advertised and always at different times on different days. Check social media for details Sessions continue on the forthcoming KSS album 'Betta Getta', A number of new songs are 'in the can' and some really creative stuff has been going on tracking live rhythm section parts with the unique two-part KSS percussion line-up. The KING SIZE SLIM '2nd Sundays Spring Residency' was a great success with the three shows in March, April and May featuring the full band line-up and special guests, all being near sell-out. So by public demand negotiations are underway for an Autumn '19 follow up series.