Lee Vuotto- Lee has a long history of music appreciation but when she started volunteering at Philadelphia Folk Festival during the mid-nineties she realized she also wanted to play music. Browsing instruments at the former Pro Drum Shop in Glenside, PA she tried on a left-handed Fender Squier P-bass and took a chance. It was a slow and clumsy start that lasted years: committing time to practice, developing finger strength, ear training, learning riffs, and feeling at ease. Encouraged by musician friends and especially her dad, who played guitar as a young lad in the 1930’s, Lee found her confidence and a way to incorporate bass-playing as part of her already-busy life. With much trepidation Lee founder herself on stage, filling in on bass in 2011 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, and continued to play with the Turnips into 2014. Mostly self-taught Lee makes an occasional trip to Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio taking workshops with acclaimed bass masters Jack Casady of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, and George Porter, Jr. of The Funky Meters. Along with Sarah & the Arrows Lee plays music with many local friends including Lost Local Boys, Buzzkill Angel, Matt Gordon, The Keepers, Lost & Found as well as 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.