Journeymen musicians are the backbone and support of any band, and Jimmy Mayhew is one of the best. Born in Renfrew in 1937, Jimmy began music lessons at age 10 and continued for ten years. His talent and ability are what led Mac Beattie to hire him c. 1964 as the piano player in his band, "Mac Beattie and The Ottawa Valley Melodiers". As Mac said in his book, "This Ottawa Valley Of Mine", "Jimmy could make a piano sound like a million dollars".
Jimmy was with the band for 15 years until Mac’s death and, during that time, travelled all across the Ottawa Valley and into the Pontiac, entertaining at places like the Hotel Renfrew (where they lost all of their instruments when the hotel burned!), Keon’s Hotel in Waltham, PQ, the Madawaska Hotel in Arnprior (another fire, more instruments lost!), the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew, the Miramichi Lodge in Pembroke and St. Joseph’s Manor in Campbell’s Bay.
Jimmy moved to Pembroke about 22 years ago and, for a time, played dinner music at Treadle’s Café and organ/piano at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Pembroke. Unfortunately, Jimmy passed away in July of 2012.