Sarah and the Arrows emerged out of mutual and musical admiration between friends who were fortunate enough to overlap in the folk circles of Philadelphia, PA. Sarah and the Arrows includes Sarah Napolitan on the guitar, Stacy Weathers on the banjo, and Lee Vuotto on the bass. The group predominantly plays the original songs of Sarah Napolitan, as well as some by Stacy Weathers. The group also enjoys covering a wide variety of songs known well in contemporary, folk, and country circles.
Stacy Weathers- Inspired by a wandering banjo player in the early hours of the morning at her first Philadelphia Folk Festival when she was sixteen years old, Stacy decided that one day she too wanted to be able to play lonesome banjo tunes under the night sky. Since that time, Stacy has been exploring the possibilities of both clawhammer and finger picking techniques on the banjo. She developed her style from participating in the Philadelphia old-time, bluegrass and folk communities, and from her travels in Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. Stacy’s past musical projects include playing in the traditional folk music band Cruel Sister, performing at children’s religious services, recording with local singer songwriters, and playing with the old-time band Stolen Thyme. She also plays with Kicking Down Doors, Yonder Hearts, Meghan Cary with Analog Gypsies, and The Spiritual Window Shoppers. When not playing banjo, Stacy is a teacher, writer, and parent who enjoys immersing her children in the music festival culture.
Wendy Fuhr- Wendy started playing classical violin at 9, and bluegrass/old-timey fiddle at age 10. Wendy’s father introduced her to bluegrass and Celtic music, and brought her to festivals to learn fiddle. She was a member of Full Frontal Folk, So’s Your Mom, and Rock Salt and Nails. She has recorded and played with many other artists over the last 20 years: Christine Havrilla, CC Railroad, Coyote Run, Katie Graybeal, and many more. Wendy learned harmony by listening to her parents’ Eagles and Beatles records, and directed a cappella groups in college and medical school. She plays all styles of fiddle. Wendy is a Family Medicine physician seeing patients and teaching medical students and residents in the Philadelphia area.
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.