SONiA to play Wauchope Arts on December 8 in refugee fundraiser

SONiA will play Wauchope Arts to support refugees on December 8.

SONiA will play Wauchope Arts to support refugees on December 8.

Don’t miss Baltimore singer/songwriter SONiA at Wauchope Arts on Friday December 8 in a concert fundraiser for Sanctuary Australia’s refugee support programs.

Helen Mottee is the local support artist at the event, organised jointly by Wauchope Arts Council and the Mid Coast Refugee Support Group.

Light dinner, supper and drinks for sale from 6.30pm plus a huge raffle with great prizes.

This will not be the first time SONiA has used her musical talents to benefit others. She frequently performs her powerful songs of passion and hope at events that challenge injustice, and was awarded the Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of United States military for her humanitarian efforts.

Earlier this year she organised a relief concert in Texas to raise hearts and money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As a musician, SONiA has received the GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Music Awards) for Female Artist of the year, and a nomination for Best Live Album by the Independent Music Awards (USA).

Her 17 award-winning CDs include songs written in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German and in multiple genres, from blues to middle eastern, folk to country and western. Since 1994, when she and her sister Cindy Frank formed the indie-folk duo “disappear fear”, SONiA has released albums as a group member and even more as a solo artist, selling over a million units.

Her music is a vivid celebration of the human spirit, and according to Don Kening from the Chicago Daily Herald, "has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time.”

Although SONiA spends a large portion of her time in Europe, every few years she comes back to tour Australia and New Zealand, which she enjoys very much.

From the Opera House in Sydney, to the bomb shelters of the Middle East, SONiA has shared the stage with many of her heroes including Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul and Mary, Green Day, John Fullbright and Sheryl Crow.

The Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group chose to fundraise for Sanctuary Australia Foundation as a means of supporting a community-based organisation that provides valuable services to refugees seeking to resettle to Australia.

Tickets for the December 8 fundraiser cost $25 and are available online at trybooking.com/SPJI or at the door. A light meal, drinks and treats will be available for purchase from 6.30pm, with music from 8pm. For more information about Sanctuary Australia Foundation, go to www.sanctuaryaustraliafoundation.org.au