THAT’S show­biz


The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

TA­NIA Ker­naghan is look­ing for­ward to her 15 min­utes of fame – three lots of it in fact – when she gives the Gold Coast a short and sweet taste of the out­back at this week­end’s Gold Coast Show.

The lo­cal coun­try mu­sic star, a five-time Golden Gui­tar Award win­ner, will per­form a 15-minute acous­tic set of her sig­na­ture hits each night from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day.

Ker­naghan says she’s cho­sen the right songs for the right oc­ca­sion and can’t wait to lasso in a few new fans.

The daugh­ter of Ray Ker­naghan and sib­ling of Lee Ker­naghan says agri­cul­tural shows are close to her heart.

‘‘Many, many years ago I was Miss Al­bury Show­girl,’’ she says, laugh­ing.

‘‘It’s some­thing I love to get be­hind and sup­port. From the live­stock to sideshow al­ley, I love ev­ery part of it. Agri­cul­tural shows are some­thing I am very pas­sion­ate about and the com­mu­nity should get be­hind their lo­cal show.’’

Cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing her 20th year of record­ing, Ker­naghan has re­leased six al­bums.

She says her love for coun­try mu­sic was em­bed­ded from a young age.

‘‘I was about nine the first time I went on tour with Dad and I was four when I first got up on stage,’’ she says.

‘‘Hav­ing those years on the road trav­el­ling gave (my broth­ers and sis­ters) a big love for the coun­try. That’s why I am a big ad­vo­cate for fly­ing the flag re­ally high for our coun­try.’’

From the peo­ple she meets to the places she vis­its, Ker­naghan is whole­heart­edly in­spired by ru­ral Aus­tralia.

‘‘We have had the op­por­tu­nity from a young age to get into the fab­ric of Aus­tralian peo­ple. I usu­ally gather a lot of ideas when I am on the road trav­el­ling – my songs are about per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences or sto­ries peo­ple share with me.’’

Last year, the coun­try mu­sic songstress com­piled a 20-track Great­est Hits al­bum that fea­tures hits Dad’s Not Gonna Like It, Leave Like a Man and When I Ride.

Ker­naghan tips her hat to mu­si­cians such as Keith Ur­ban and Tay­lor Swift, who have been ‘‘in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing coun­try mu­sic cool’’.

‘‘Coun­try mu­sic is not al­ways Western mu­sic,’’ she says. ‘‘It ac­tu­ally cov­ers a lot of styles, from rock­a­billy to blue­grass and ev­ery­thing else in be­tween.

‘‘Peo­ple of­ten put (coun­try mu­sic) in the bas­ket of hay bales and hats. But you don’t have to wear a hat to be coun­try. There are ter­rific sto­ries to be told about land­scapes and peo­ple.’’

Ta­nia Ker­naghan plays the Gold Coast Show’s Grand­stand, at Park­lands Show­grounds, to­mor­row at 7.40pm and Satur­day and Sun­day at 7pm. Visit gold­coast­ for de­tails.

Singer and song­writer Ta­nia Ker­naghan

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