Phil Dunn: vocals, guitar
Phil Campion: vocals, keyboards
Pete Dunn: bass
Keith Jones: violin
Richard Westwood: drums
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 Mouth, Ambition/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 ‘Facebook’ page.
Keith for a Birmingham Evening Mail publicity photo.
Phil Campion, Pete Dunn and Keith at Birmingham University.
Phil Dunn, now resident in Singapore and still creating fantastic music.
Powerhouse of a drummer Richard Westwood in action!
A bit unsure where this gig was, (Aston Uni, Birmingham I think)? (l to r) Phil C, Keith, Pete, Phil D & Richard.
The single ‘Nervous’ and ‘Little England’ on Swoop Records.
The single ‘Timebombs’ and ‘Julie Isn’t Julie in the Bath’.
The single ‘I Don’t Want to Go’ & ‘Little Mother’.
The single ‘Ambition’.
I’m pretty sure this naughty bit of artwork was Phil Campion’s idea for Orphan’s last gig at the Barrel Organ, Birmingham. (now the Dubliner).
Double page Birmingham Evening Mail pull out by Jackie Bailey.
Article on Orphan by Jackie Bailey in the Birmingham Evening Mail.
The live music venues are all going, ‘Orphan’ play the very last gig at the now legendary Railway, Curzon St, Birmingham.
A promotional video was made at the Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton for this album but it seems sadly lost in time, unless someone knows different?
Double A side single ‘RSVP (you)’ and ‘Mouth to Mouth’ on Swoop Records.
RTL Records have released two albums in one in 2015, the first ‘PHOBIAS’, which was originally released on Swoop Records, the Second album which explored a more complex new wave, pop-rock form with Keith on violin (which still remains untitled and was not commercially released due to contractual problems) is also on this compilation.
Screenshot of Keith from a recently discovered Orphan video taken at the Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton.
Phil Dunn screenshot from a recently discovered Orphan video taken at the Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton.
Screenshot from a recently discovered Orphan video taken at the Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton.
Screenshot of Orphan keyboards/vocalist Phil Campion from the video ‘Phobias’.
Screenshot Orphan drummer Richard Westwood from the video ‘Phobias’.
Screenshot Orphan bass player Pete Dunn from the video ‘Phobias’.
The Gala Casino, once a great venue ‘The Lafayette’, played here a few times, it was also the venue for the Orphan video, I believe now it’s the site of a Sikh Temple.