When Dublin artist, Barry Jazz created art out of the ashes of dishonesty, we were left with a small collection of charcoal pencils. We sent these out to artists across the world, songwriters, poets and writers, and asked them to show us what Irish True meant to them.
Ray Mullen – Artist / Singer Songwriter, Dublin
“I was brought up with music all around me – it was in the house, in the car and played by family and friends every chance they got. The songs I heard were songs of stories, of history and heritage, happy, sad or funny ballads my dad, uncles or cousins used to sing and play accompanied by guitars or any other instrument that was in the house whenever a session started. It’s still a tradition that marks a gathering of the clann – all it takes is one person to get it going and the music could go on for hours. Luke Kelly, The Dubliners and Christy Moore are just some of the greats who along with the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ‘90’s made music a huge part of my soul. But I am not alone. You see it every week in any city or town across the country where the streets and the bars, the homes and the hostels are filled with music; with people telling stories and singing about the past, about what they believe, and what they want for the future. Music unites Irish people across the generations like nothing else. So too it connects our people across the globe with many brought together by the rich tapestry of Irish talent that graces the international music scene, lighting up stages and warming hearts all over the world.”
We love Ray’s work, it shows how deeply and emotionally entrenched music is in the fabric of Irish life.
Glasses up, Ray.
Follow Ray’s art and music on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/razormullan
Patrick Williams – Daniel E. Williams’ Great-Great Grandson.
Now a New York City native, Patrick was born and raised near Tullamore. He is a direct descendant of our founder, and using our charcoal pencils, Patrick is helping us keep the spirit of Daniel E. Williams alive.
“The reason that I chose an image of the Phoenix is because of the association with Tullamore. The coat of arms of the town is a Phoenix because of the tragedy that took place there when one of the first ever hot air balloons that flew in Ireland landed on the town causing a huge fire and nearly destroying the town. The town rebuilt itself and I thought this would be a good way to teach my children the story.
Using the charcoal as a medium meant that we wanted a very strong black and white visual to make the message clear. The project involved my wife, my niece and my three Children, and it made the story of Tullamore’s Phoenix come alive for all of us.
The Phoenix rising from the ashes of Tullamore shows how the townspeople have that classic Irish tenacity and the ability literally pull their town up from nothing, a lot like how my Great Grand Father Daniel E. Williams had to be able to pull himself up from the factory floor to owner. It’s a great symbol of courage over adversity for us all.”
From the mouth of a Williams, we see the strength of a town and the passion of our founder in the shape of Tullamore’s famous Phoenix.
If we asked you to represent ‘Irish True’, what would you have drawn?
Stay tuned for the next part of the Long Live Irish True project, which we’ll be launching in early October.