September '16 Autumn touring
The Autumn months of 2016 will see KING SIZE SLIM touring the UK, Northern France, Belgium and Catalonia. This includes shows with loop-machine blues maniac Son Of Dave and a support show for R'n"B legends Nine Below Zero. Of particular interest to the KING SIZE SLIM team is the short but sweet 6 day tour of Catalonia taking in a special invitation to play an exclusive set for Societat de Blues de Barcelona and also at Casa Irla , a beautiful arts centre venue in Mediterranean town of St.Fileu de Guixolls. Casa Irla is the once childhood home of Josep Irla the president-in-exile of Catalonia during the dark days of Franco. During the life-time of the venue it has served as ,a cafe-bar , a hostelry ,an historic meeting place of political groups, a squat-punk venue and now an Arts Centre housing a museum to its most famous former resident Josep Irla.
Catch KING SIZE SLIM live throughout Autumn '16. Subscribe www.kingsizeslim.com for shows near you.
UK shows in October
Catalonia shows October
August 2016 Long hot summer.....
All at KING SIZE SLIM are very happy to have received a shining 4/5 star review from one of the UKs leading music magazines. R2 magazine covered the album 'Chukka Chukka'. in a summer edition. Heres what they had to say..... 4/5 star review....... "Terrific Stuff"
"Few artists create a distinctive sound but KING SIZE SLIM aka Toby Barelli has done just that. His rootsy guitar grooves and often home-made percussion sounds may in themselves be idiosyncratic but throughout Chukka Chukka the memorable instrument is Slims voice. Not,it should be stressed, because he is a particularly impressive singer , but due to a punchy phrasing a rhythmical delivery that convert his vocals into an additional percussion instrument........ The title track spins a more modern ,more melodic take on Hill country drone blues a style that reoccurs on 'America Ground with its quirky vocals and hypnotic guitar vibe. 'Story of a young man" adds an updated rhythm and contemporary lyrics to its traditional blues core while both 'Love Divine' and 'May we find' are gospel based gems. "Long Lonely Time"an uptempo blues harmonica number neatly melds retro and modern sounds with his percussive vocals again to the fore on 'I can roll my own"...... terrific stuff. "
KING SIZE SLIM 'Chukka Chukka' is available in all good record shops and also on C.D and Download here....... http://www.treehouse44.com/chukka-chukka
JUNE '16 JUNK DELUXE project
Taking a break from touring after a hectic May around the UK with loop-machine maniac Son Of Dave, Toby Barelli finds himself in the rehearsal studio preparing for the debut outing of a brand new collaborative project named JNK DLX.
Heres what the press says....
In between touring and recording with cult British bands The Alabama 3 and The Wedding Present, musicians Steve Finnerty and Katharine Wallinger, alongside award winning artist Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) ,George MacDonald, Thom Carter, and Yoon-Ji Kim have created the unique sonic landscape that is JNK DLX - Junk Deluxe. June 24th sees the band bring the ''gorgeous lushness that is Junk Deluxe'' (Andy Weatherall) to the beautiful surroundings of the Kino-Teatr St.Leonards,East Sussex
''...one of those gigs you'll regret you missed...an infectious groove...dreamy and ethereal''. Pete Donohue, Hastings Independent Press.