Left Hand Right Hand was founded by brothers Andrew and Tim Brown in the Summer of 1985 as a percussive offshoot from the free improvisation collective The Colonels. The name ‘Left Hand Right Hand’ was taken from a Colonels’ track, itself lifted from Osbert Sitwell’s autobiography.
Over the next three decades Left Hand Right Hand have collaborated with musicians as diverse as Charlie Collins, Karl Blake, and Lol Coxhill, as well as working with artists in many other media.
A feature of the group’s live work has been the variety of venues in which they have played, from nightclubs to cinemas, venerable old buildings to derelict spaces, prestigious theatres to a prison.
Live cinema has long been a feature of Left Hand Right Hand's work, using many of their own films as well as those specially commissioned. KinoColonels (Andrew and Tim) had already shown their own screen-based work in a number of film festivals and as a visual accompaniment to the performances of several bands. In 1992 the group made their debut tour of the USA, and launched Red Letter Days, a filmic and musical exploration of European folklore, festivals and public manifestations. They have also devised scores for silent classics, such as Kurutta Ippeji (A Page Of Madness) by Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa, which the group performed at the Brighton Festival and toured throughout the UK’s independent cinemas in 2003-6.
Various studio and live recordings have been released over the years and the group is currently a studio-based entity.