The Outfit led by Limerick songwriter Ger Costelloe went from unknown festival bill fodder to Sunday night festival headliners in a weekend, signed to one of Ireland’s most respected indie labels, played hundreds of shows, and was on the cusp of going international in the early eighties.
Ger and his young band The Street Urchins played punk, reggae and new wave, writing protest songs and playing regularly in The Olde Stand Bar when an invitation to play the Carnsore Point Anti-Nuclear Power Show came through.
Five members from the various lineups of The Outfit are in rehearsal for this upcoming show. They are joined by Ian Mac on drums. The songs of protest the band are reviving sound as strong now as they did in the early 80s.
“It is uncanny how relevant a lot of Ger’s lyrics are today,” commented guitarist Paul Healy.
There is a possibility of new recordings from The Outfit and when asked why pick this time to do a reunion gig Ger had a straightforward unconvoluted answer.
“We’re getting ancient and we are all still alive!”