Michael Brunnock established his solo career when he relocated to New York City a decade ago, having performed through the ’90s in Ireland with the bands Little Palace and The Van Winkles as well as with Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry. Since then he has toured extensively in the States, opening for the Frames and The Swell Season on recent sold out American tours, has shared a stage with many big names, Foy Vance, Paddy Casey, Mundy, STAND, The Saw Doctors, Declan O’ Rourke, and Ari Hest, to name a few. His talent holds its own with any caliber of musician and he knows how to get the best out of his playing experience with other artists. Michael has appeared on TV shows such as FOX 5′s ‘Fearless Music’.
Brunnock, though a native Irishman, does not perform traditional Irish music, but rather his sound can be described as folk rock meets singer/songwriter. He often employs Irish themes or traditional instruments which gives his music an Irish flair.
Brunnock possesses an extraordinary voice, and his songs mine the profound. So it’s not surprising that David Byrne cast him to sing the role of an Irish musician on the brink of success whose voice guides Sean Penn through an emotional journey of self-discovery in This Must Be the Place (2012). The score by Byrne with lyrics by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) called for a distinctive vocalist, which Brunnock is.
Michael won this year’s prestigious award for Best Original Song at the 2012 David di Donatello Italian Acadamy Awards. The winning song ‘If It Falls, it Falls’ is from the movie soundtrack for This Must be the Place 
August 9th at Odessa, Dublin, Brunnock will release his new album, The Orchard, a collection of gorgeously crafted songs featuring guest performances from Glen Hansard (Swell Season), Julia Stone, Ari Hest and Joe Sumner. The album is Brunnock’s third since Live in New York (2009) and So I Do (2007). Mixed by triple Grammy winner Patrick Dillett.