Photo courtesy of Carol Foreman Photography
Lee Vuotto- Lee has a long history of music appreciation but as a volunteer at The Philadelphia Folk Festival she discovered she wanted to play music, too. At the age of 40yrs she took a chance and tried on her first instrument -a left-handed Fender Squier P-bass at the former Pro Drum Shop in Glenside, PA. It was a slow and clumsy start but encouraged by friend musicians and her dad who played guitar as a young lad in the 1930’s things eventually fell into place. In 2011 Lee found herself filling in on bass with The Turnips for two shows in Dulcimer Grove at The Philadelphia Folk Festival. That’s when she met her next inspiration in Sarah Napolitan, who was also playing with The Turnips. Mostly self-taught, Lee makes an occasional trip to Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio to study with bass master Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Along with Sarah & the Arrows Lee plays with The Lost Local Boys, Buzzkill Angels, Matt Gordon & Friends, and the emerging rocker band Dracula’s Miniskirt.
Photo taken by Mark Shreiber (2014)
Rosie McNamara-Jones has been playing and performing music in Philadelphia since 1985. Enrolled in classical music studies at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, she found her way into the local band scene as the violinist for the college band, Sky Grits. Eventually she began sitting in or recording with many others among the vibrant Philadelphia indie music scene, such as Big Mess Theater and The Ben Vaughn Combo. She met Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, Mark Schreiber, Palmer Yale and Alan Hewitt to form the group The Low Road, which performed extensively around Philadelphia from 1990 - 1997, winning “Best Local Band” nods from Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Magazine and noted as a “band to watch” from Entertainment Weekly. During this time, they signed to Caroline’s Passenger Records, released two CDS, and toured the country as the opening act for groups like Los Lobos, Ben Folds Five, The Story, Billy Bragg and The Barenaked Ladies. After the Low Road, she joined Matt Pond PA and recorded on two CDs. She then played and recorded with local group, The Wayward Wind (currently on hiatus). Along with Sarah and The Arrows, she also performs regularly as a member of Joey Sweeney and His Long Hair Arkastra and The Molly Blooms. She lives in Fishtown (Philadelphia) with her husband and two daughters, and is the Development Director for Juvenile Law Center.