A DEEP admiration for Port Fairy Spring Music Festival director Iain Grandage has played a key role in enticing Kate Miller-Heidke to the event this weekend.
Miller-Heidke will be the headline act at the festival which begins on Friday and runs through to Sunday.
While she has appeared at the Port Fairy Folk Festival on a number of occasions, this will be Miller-Heidke’s debut performance at the spring music festival.
The talented songstress said she is excited about playing at the festival.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
“I am one of Iain Grandage’s biggest admirers. He is personally arranging the string quartet for a bunch of my songs for the festival which I’m really excited about. I also worked closely with him on my show The Rabbits. He is a very clever human being.”
Miller-Heidke will perform at the Southcombe Park stadium on Saturday night.
She is coming off playing shows with symphony orchestras in capital cities around Australia. This included performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
Miller-Heidke has scaled the heights in both pop and classical genres, a diversity she is proud of.
“Over recent years I have straddled the pop and classical worlds,” she said.
“It is fun having that wide range and being able to put forward different interpreptations of my songs.”
Miller-Heidke is not only looking to playing on stage at Port Fairy but also enjoying the township.
“Port Fairy is such a gorgeous little place,” she said.
“For a town that size to sustain these wonderful festivals is incredible. It has a great sense of community.”