Launch Day is a contemporary dance production by the Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre. In collaboration with visual artist Alexander Millar, KADT explores the industrial history of the UK shipyard communities, bringing to life Millar’s paintings of working men and the iconic characters known as “Gadgies”.
The soundtrack and sound design for Launch Day was composed and arranged by Breifne Holohan. It also features additional music by Sergei Prokofiev, Lindisfarne and Mark Knopfler.
It’s always exciting when individual pieces of creative work come together to make something else. This project with Kristin’s dancers is inspired by painting and song and I’m delighted that some of my music is a part of it.Mark Knopfler
Through extensive collaboration with KADT, Holohan has created a unique, cinematic sound design for Launch Day, transporting the audience to Tyneside and immersing them in all the sights, sounds and smells of ‘gadgie’ life in the Newcastle shipyards of old.
Breifne Holohan – guitars/percussion/octave mandolin/harmonica
Grace Dillon – drums/percussion
Susan Connolly – flute
Emma Kiernan – fiddle/whistle
Trudy Maguire – accordion
Joe Savage – banjo
Opening features the voice of Ron Smith, shipyard worker
Also featuring young musicians from Seisiún na nÓg at the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Design – Stephen Higgins
Photography – Tina Wotherspoon
Artwork – Alexander Millar, courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art Group Ltd.
Music composed, performed and produced by Breifne Holohan