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A blessing for anyone (Caitlin Johnstone)

I have admired Caitlin Johnstone for a long time.
I love her writing
I love her willingness to look for truth .
Her journalism informs me
Her poetry inspires me
I am truly amazed at her insights and ability to smell bullshit

I made a decision along time ago to write music for some of her poems.

This is one that I’m proud of, published 12/12/19
words Caitlin Johnstone
music Michael Brunnock

Caitlin Johnstone – Rogue Journalist

I think, most times we think we are right. It’s painful to be wrong, But most times we don’t know anything.

Intuition is not Inspiration. There’s error when we confuse the two. Its rare when one can tell the difference.
Intuition is subjective. Inspiration comes from source and is never wrong. When we really deeply look for truth, we find and recognize the things that are not true.
But that is more easily recognizable. Calling out untruth take courage.
and when Caitlin calls it out, I read what she writes and i get more hopeful.
I get insight into the meaning and nuances of hope vs despair.
In my opinion she has more balls, more discernment, than any journalist I know of, and there’s a few good ones out there… if you want to find them.

I suspect her decision to become completely independent, suits her writing and truth telling. She doesn’t have to concern herself with who will publish her articles.
She made a decision that anyone can use her writing as non-copyright material.
Because her desire for people to hear truth, trumps ( excuse the pun ) her desire to be credited with writing it. That observation was a turning point for me.

People need truth rather than comfort though they don’t always know it.
Support her. Her website with a link to patreon is

Caitlin has impeccable sources and bases her articles on source material which you can trace through her links on every article she publishes. Do yourself a favor if informing your self is more important to you than cheering your team. Sign up for her blog and give her something through Patreon to keep it flowing, if that is something you can do.

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Michael Brunnock.
Singer, songwriter.

Michael 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 Brunnock
Brunnock’s velveteen vocals whisper in the ear with the softness of down and the very soul of the Emerald Isle.
~ Katrina C.M - Bittersweet Charm | more press quotes

New Release: Saving Face

New Single: Launching 20th November 2022 on Bandcamp and Spotify

I wrote " Saving Face " for the Movie "In The Name Of Gerry Conlon".
It's a duet featuring my son Fionn Brunnock on vocals. I'm releasing this song to coincide with the film premier at the Foyle Film festival Nov 20 2022.

Winner of the audience award at this year's Biografilm Festival, this is award-winning photojournalist and director Lorenzo Moscia's profile of Gerry Conlon — a member of the Guildford four imprisoned for fifteen years after being wrongfully convicted for an IRA bombing. In the two months preceding his death, Conlon recounts his story of a remarkable life marked but not broken by injustice.

Live events

Michael Brunnock @ Foyle Film Festival

Michael Brunnock @ Foyle Film Festival
Sun, Nov 20, 2022
08:00 pm

at Nerve Centre, Derry

Michael Brunnock at the 35th Foyle Film Festival at the Nerve Centre in Derry, launching his new single "Saving Face," from the movie "In The Name of Gerry Conlon."

Michael Brunnock @ Rockwood Music Hall

Michael Brunnock @ Rockwood Music Hall
Mon, Dec 05, 2022
09:00 pm

at Rockwood Music Hall

Michael Brunnock performing his new music from the Decade of Centenaries Project.

Michael Brunnock @ Big City Folk Song Club

Michael Brunnock @ Big City Folk Song Club
Fri, Mar 31, 2023
08:00 pm

at Big City Folk Song Club

Michael Brunnock performs at the Big City Folk Song Club of the Irish Arts Center

News and updates

I’ve had a bit of a long walk in the dessert. I’ve been lying low on the promotion media front. Trying to put it in perspective. Trying to accept the turbulence I see and sometimes engage in, on social media and wondering how art fits in as an agent for positive change.

I’m commiting to getting The Casement work finished this year coming 2019. At the very least it will be a body of songs that mark moments in his life and realisations he had along the way. I’m glad now I didn’t push it.


Selected videos

A blessing for anyone (Caitlin Johnstone)

The Ghost of Roger Casement by Michael Brunnock