Jim McGaw grew up in Southeastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia where he found a rich heritage at the crossroads of American mountain and country music. He has been performing and composing music for the past 35 years. His Bluegrass/Jazz/Country crossover group, The New Vinton County Frogwhompers Marching, Singing, Strumming, and Plucking Society - The Frogwhompers for short - were featured in the nationally syndicated PBS series, Hocking Valley Bluegrass, and have been highlighted in Bluegrass Magazine. His music has been used for Emmy Award winning documentary films and commercial advertisements as well as interpreted by various performers throughout the U.S. He has given seminars and workshops in the instruments of his specialty. He plays the six and twelve string guitars, autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers and the banjo.
He has been included as a regular at the Colonial Times Celebration in North Augusta, South Carolina; Ninety Six National Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, the Love Affair Festival in Tifton, Georgia; and Frontier Days and numerous other events at Georgia’s Stone Mountain. Jim has been playing and demonstrating the hammer and mountain dulcimers for nearly 40 years in locations throughout the eastern mountains and Piedmont plateau. He has performed in parks, resort areas, schools, civic, religious and private functions as well as in commercial restaurants and lounges. He is also a regular performer in Georgia’s state parks, the restored Augusta Canal as well as the Augusta Museum and other events local to the Augusta, Georgia, area. He now resides in Thomson, Georgia, about 30 miles west of Augusta, Georgia, with his wife, Dr. Myrtle McGaw (Sam). He continues an active teaching, composing, and performing life.