We are a folky rocky bluesy funky electro-acoustic quartet based in the Matlock area of Derbyshire. We have an eclectic repertoire that includes originals and covers in a variety of styles. Who needs genres?

Chris Carr sings and plays acoustic guitar and is musically escorted by mandolin, harmonica and more acoustic guitar from Jim Gilmour, plus bass from Simon Ball.

We like to express our artistic side with festival slots, folk clubs and ticket gigs where we get the chance to play our original songs but we still love to do covers songs at pub gigs. So if you are coming to see us check if it's a pub gig or a paying ticket gig and you'll know which side of us you're going to get.

Over the years we have done too many pub gigs to remember, many beer festivals and tours of pubs in the Lakes, Norfolk and Scotland.

We have played at Stainsby Festival, Off The Tracks, Wheaton Aston Festival, Lichfield Festival, Wirksworth Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Solfest, Reedham Ferry Folk Festival, Gig In The Park, Togfest, Belper Music Festival and have supported the likes of Hugh Cornwell, Eliza Carthy, Derrin Nauendorf, Prego, Tee and Latouche and Last Nights Fun.

Chris Carr also performs as LeftyChris


They come from my neck of the woods, the Derbyshire Dales, and have been together for over six years. But I didn't catch up with Left Hand Drive 'till four years ago, and was mighty impressed. Here was a band that could communicate with all ages. And since then I've watched them grow, move away from covers to a greater emphasis on their own material and shift impressively from pub gigs to the stages of such festivals as Stainsby and Off The Tracks. Chris Carr is the front-man, the singer, the songwriter-guitarist and sly observer of what's happening around us. He's impassioned vocally, highly distinctive and a superb singer. But it's what is going on behind - here in the forms of Jim Gilmour (rhythm guitar, harmonica, mandolin) and Simon Ball (bass, African drum) - that brings out the full, satisfying, flavour of the music. Whatever it is, a Left Hand Drive gig will always leave you thinking: 'Yeah!'"

Wheaton Aston Festival

"Left Hand Drive have pretty much been our 'resident' band for three years, following us around to our seven different venues each summer - so they have well and truly become part of our 'festival family'. They are professional, reliable, organised and polite and just great fun to have around. Most importantly they are a brilliant festival band that always get a family crowd going with an eclectic mix of original material and covers - they make you feel like you are at a real music festival and for us that means giving the public even more value for their money and makes for a wonderful feel good vibe - we love u guys thanks so much x x x"

Great British Food Festival

"Strong vocals, rhythm & feeling...depth & real life emotions...Taking oneself seriously is not on their agenda. Left Hand Drive play for the pleasure of it"

Pulse Music Newspaper