28 May 2022

Gina and the Champions for Longford's Backstage Theatre

Reel in the years: Relive the hits and memories on March 19

Gina and the Champions for Longford's Backstage Theatre

Gina, Dale Haze and The Champions established themselves as Ireland’s top attraction in the late seventies and maintained that coveted position right through the eighties with record breaking attendances at dances and concerts, wherever they performed.

Matching their live success with industry recognition, the band were awarded every accolade there is in the Irish music industry.

1979 proved to be a monumental year for Gina, firstly with the release of one of her biggest hits ‘The Greatest Lover’ and then to be decorated with two major awards; Gina being voted ‘Irelands Number 1 Pop Singer’ and the band being voted ‘Irelands Top band’.

Amazingly this feat was to be repeated a number of times over the following years.

As well as relentless touring, ‘Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions’ made innumerable television appearances both in Ireland and Britain over the course of their lengthy career.

Appearances on Gay Byrne’s famed ‘Late Late Show’ were a regular occurrence, performing many of their hits, such as, The Greatest Lover, Give me back my Love, Dreams are Good Friends, Drunken Sailor, A Real Good Feeling and many more.

The show includes a tribute to Dale Haze who left this world just over a year ago.

The Champions made many friends along the way when they played to packed ballrooms such as, The Longford Arms, The Sunset Club, The Granada Ballroom Granard, Ballinagh and many more.

So, let’s relive the hits and memories of The Champions when they return to The Backstage Theatre Longford on Saturday, March 19.

Tickets can be purchased via or (043)3347888.

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