AUSTRALIAN roots troubadours the Waifs did a charmingly effective impersonation of the Andrews Sisters when they performed a version of I Remember You at the ARIA Hall of Fame ceremony in Melbourne last week. Sisters Vicki and Donna Simpson and Josh Cunningham ( the least convincing Andrews) were paying tribute to Australian pop and country veteran Frank Ifield who, at 69, was the oldest of the inductees at Melbourne’s Regent Hotel. Ifield had a huge hit with I Remember You in Britain in the 1960s and remains a bit of a legend in that part of the world. Not many people can say they had the Beatles as their support act, after all. Ifield’s fame didn’t extend to Australia in quite the same way, though, and certainly not to the part of Western Australia where the Simpson sisters grew up. ‘‘ I hadn’t really heard of him,’’ Donna Simpson told Spin Doctor . ‘‘ I wondered when we were sent the song if we were the right people to do it.’’ Afterwards Ifield described their performance of the song as ‘‘ wonderful’’. And he was right. SPEAKING of the Waifs, who have been largely absent from our shores for a few years because they nearly split up and were having babies while they thought about it, the band recorded their new album, Sun Dirt Water ( which will be released here in September) in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. They were welcomed with open arms by the country music fraternity, according to guitarist Cunningham, but it seems the city isn’t generally indulgent towards all things Aussie. A report in The Tennessean newspaper this week reveals that the Australian Festival, a fixture on Nashville’s expat calendar for 10 years, is being moved to Florida. The event, which features the usual Aussiesliving- in- strange- lands carry on, will be held annually in Fort Lauderdale from now on, because the Nashville parks department was unable to cope with an amusement park element to the ever- growing festival. It began in 1997 with just 100 Aussies and featured music and kangaroos, according to the paper, although it didn’t state if these attractions were in any way related. More than 7500 guests attended the festival last September. ‘‘ The kids just loved the kangaroos that Kentucky Down Under brought,’’ said Aussie Tennessean Ruth Freeland. ‘‘ I think that was a really important thing — to get the kids involved — and that is something that I will miss, too.’’ It’s never too late to come home, Ruth.