Instructor: Jim McGee


Jim McGee is a multi-instrumentalist who makes traditional & original music on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, lap dulcimer, and vocals. Growing up in the Piedmont of North Carolina, he learned guitar, banjo and fiddle from traditional master musicians including Kirk Sutphin, Riley Baugus, Dix Freeman, and Rick Hubbard. His style of music integrates the musical traditions of unique places where he has been blessed to live and work including Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. Jim has played guitar 40 years, banjo 33 years, fiddle 29 years, lap dulcimer 19 years, harmonica 32 years, and percussion 44 years. He holds a Master Degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2000, he has worked to integrate music into mental health care for children, adolescents and adults.

Over the past 25 years, Jim has conducted artist residencies in the public schools of KY, WV and NC, and he has performed at Kentucky Crafted, Kentucky Home Front, Kentucky Music Weekend, the Heartland Dulcimer Festival, Cowan Creek Music School, the Hindman Settlement School, the JP Frailey Festival, The Lilly May Ledford Festival, Mountain Stage, WV Public Radio/Television and UNC-TV. My approach to music emphasizes learning by ear and following the feeling in the music, while also being able to read a melody line on a staff and tablature. You will learn, feel and experience the music of Kentucky.

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