Performances for the Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined are often a trip down memory lane for listeners, but Tania Kernaghan experienced her own blast from the past when recording her latest contribution.

‘I was over at my brother Lee’s place and I mentioned the seniors festival and that I was going to record another song, and he said, “Why don't we do it now?”. It was a golden opportunity — he's hard to nail down.

‘So, he played the piano and sang some backing vocals and I sang as an old song, Tennessee Waltz, that we used to sing when we were kids in our little band the Angels and the blue devils.

‘We ended up having a bit of a jam. It was really great.’


Music is in the Kernaghan clan’s genes, with her father and all three siblings being talented musicians and it is becoming clear the dynasty is continuing with Lee’s two teenage sons, and Greg’s teenage son and daughter, all showing talent, although not in the family genre.

‘It's ridiculous. I don't know what it is. Hip hop, beats, it's all wrong,’ she laughs. ‘But you've got to let them experience these things and you know they'll come back around. They've got the country blood running through their veins, so they'll come back eventually.’

Having grown up listening to country music icons, such as Tammy Wynette, Tania has always wanted to sing country, but with her own voice rather than as an imitation of others. She credits starting so early as being the source of her on-stage confidence.

‘There are two places I feel really at home and it's on stage and on a horse — I just feel really comfortable. It’s like is where I'm supposed to be.’

Watch Tania's second 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance.