Reggae/rock quintet reminiscent of The Beat. While there is something odd about a white boy from Limerick singing with a slight Jamaican accent, The Outfit were a good band. The did classic reggae covers as well as original material. They released a couple of singles on Scoff Records during 1982-83 and also made several promotional videos.
The band was originally a four piece. Ger Costelloe and Brian Healy had previously been in Ravengale (active ca 1979-80); the Healys and Brendan Wallace had previously been in The I.O.U.s (same late 70s/early 80s period). The Outfit formed in 1981. Note the band who took part in the 1980 Tramore Band Competition was a different Outfit from Fermanagh. This Limerick Outfit went went down a storm at the 1981 Carnsore Point Rally, which earned them a lot of exposure in the media. They made their Dublin debut as a support act at the Baggot Inn on Saturday and Sunday February 27-28, 1982. They also played a TCD lunchtime gig on March 4th. Paul Healy joined in mid 1982, expanding the lineup, and Mike Ryan joined on keyboards. This expanded lineup signed to Scoff Records in 1982, releasing two singles. They split ca 1984. Ger Costello went on to several outfits including Out Of The Fog, Giant Kites and The O'Malleys. Brendan Wallace and the Healy brothers then formed The Groove in 1984. Mike Ryan later formed Toucandance.
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