SONiA disappear fear
SONiA disappear fear at the Pastures of Plenty
Emerging from Baltimore’s folk scene in the late 1980s, [Sidenote: This is the fourth post in our coverage of the seventeenth annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll be alternating our reporting with essays and photo galleries from the twenty-second festival in 2019, so check in often for a mix of old and new Woodyfest goodness.] Sonia Rutstein formed the folk-duo Disappear Fear (stylized “disappear fear”) with her sister Cindy Frank. Sonia was henceforth known as “SONiA” and Cindy as “CiNDY.” The two released five albums before Frank left the group in 1996. [Sidenote: Monger, Timothy, “SONiA Artist Biography,”, Allmusic.com (retrieved 16 October 2010).]
Following her sister’s departure, Rutstein released a spate of solo albums, often working with other musicians, sometimes under the name disappear fear, sometimes under the moniker SONiA, sometimes as SONiA and disappear fear. Since the beginning, her music has treated themes of social justice, feminism, and LGBTQIA issues. She is the recipient of dozens of awards and prestigious nominations, including a Grammy nomination for Folk Album of the Year.
For her 2014 appearance she performed as SONiA disappear fear. This was her third of five appearances at the festival. Woodyfest regular Don Cognosenti joined her near the end of her set.