King Size Slim

King Size Slim

Heavy-weight acoustic roots music from this singer song writer who also just "happened to pick up" a British Blues Award 2014, in the Emerging Artist category.

Hand picked by BBC Music and Phil McIntyre Productions to support Queen on the New Years Eve special live from Central Hall, Westminster.

Debut studio album “Milk Drunk” is out now on TreeHouse44 - available from iTunes and distributed by Proper Music.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

Chosen by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association as album of the month February 2014.

Second album due for release on TreeHouse44 Spring 2015.


The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a song-writer who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli aka King Size Slim a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, entertaining and challenging. 

Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play.

His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work.  Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone Legends ‘The Selecter’.  This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today. 

Now performing around 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his new studio album, King Size Slim has become a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

Live Reviews

“The highlight of the festival” Nigel Feist, promoter, Broadstairs Blues Bash

“a talent out of the young and bold blues bag who can show those old delta boys a thing or two. Wonderfully fresh and energised, a crowd grabber who whips up a out for this guy.”  Barry Marshall Everitt, House of Mercy Radio

“the force of nature that is..”  Stephen Ferguson, What’s Cookin’, London

Other 2014 highlights include collaborations with Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), support slots for Son of Dave, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Paul Lamb and the King Snakes and The James Hunter 6, festival appearances at Love Supreme, Celebration Days (France), Gloucester Blues Festival plus a whole heap of radio play and media support across the UK and Europe!

  • Wake Up The Town (album)
  • Hard Way To Fall (album)
  • Rising Spring (album)
  • This Sweet Life (live)
  • Leaving Portsmouth Town (album)