Orphan

Members

Phil Dunn:  vocals, guitar

Phil Campion:  vocals, keyboards

Pete Dunn: bass

Keith Jones: violin

Richard Westwood: drums


About

Keith joined the already established Birmingham pop/rock band ‘Orphan’ in 1981 with Phil Dunn on vocals and Phil Campion on keyboards. YouTube Don’t Want To Go/Little Mother.

Orphan took up residency at the Barrel Organ in Birmingham and released, with this line-up,  one album – Phobias. A few singles followed mostly on Swoop Records – namely:  Nervous’/Little England, R.S.V.P (You)/Mouth to MouthAmbition/Love On The Lichfield Line and Julie Isn’t Julie/Timebombs. Again they gigged the local college and university circuit.

That first year the band was the subject of a full page spread in the Birmingham Mail ‘Sounds Extra’ compiled by Jackie Bailey. There is video footage on YouTube of the band recorded at the Lafayette Club in Wolverhampton which was edited by Mike Sheridan.

In December 1982 Orphan played the very last rock gig ever at one of the best venues in the Midlands – the Barrel Organ in Digbeth. New management took over the venue to “concentrate on more profitable discos”!

The band recorded another album ‘Different Levels’ which, unfortunately, was never released. Songs included: Different Levels, She Don’t Need Love, Drive Me Home, Carl Sagen, Walking on Water and a re-recording of ‘Nervous’ – all Phil Dunn’s songs. Maybe, one day, this will be released.  One of the tracks ‘Different Levels’ can be heard on YouTube as singer/songwriter Phil Dunn – now resident in Singapore – has submitted this together with a great visual production to embellish the song.

Keith left ‘Orphan’ in 1983 to form folk rock band Back Street Slide.

Please go to Phil Dunn’s ‘Facebookpage.


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