"Doc" Rob writes the songs and sings, plays acoustic rhythm guitar and harmonica. Keith Austin provided musical direction, keyboard and bass playing are Keith's domains. Dave Dewsnap plays lead guitar. Jordan Tredray plays the drums. Guitar magicians Lennie T and Stefan Kingsford Brown, singer songwriter Clare Christian and vocalist Jacqui Knox aso contribute their skills.
The result is a collection of blues/ folk rock originals, each with a story to tell, a melody you can hum, and an album you can buy at local music stores. Or from us!

Grafia is a group of musicians who write songs and do covers in the blues/folk rock traditions. The group recorded it's first album, "Ultimately Free", in 2015 and has had this remixed in the last few months, a significantly improved recording of the eight original songs. Five new songs are in the process of being recorded for a forthcoming EP.
It's been ten years since the core members of the band started playing together.
Keith Austin, sets the scene and adds lead fills on keyboards and occasionally picks up his bass guitar, sings back-up vocals and has his arranging and sound mixing skills on display at our live gigs.
Steve Shivas plays lead guitar for shows with the full band.
Rob Maunsell sings lead vocals, plays rhythm guitar and harmonica.
Jordan Tredray with his "metal" background plays drums/ percussion sometimes

LIVE VIDEOS from various events around the Wairarapa

GRAFIA performing a cover of JJ Cale's "Ride the River' live at Stonehenge in Gladstone, on the autumn equinox, 2019.

GRAFIA performing "Call the Doctor" Recorded live in 2019 at the May Music Marathon.

GRAFIA performing "Think About It" off their debut album "Ultimately Free." Recorded live in 2017.

Recent pictures

Grafia Live with Bob n Kate at the Gladstone Pub Grafia Live with Bob n Kate at the Gladstone Pub

Doc Rob and Jordan at the Iberia Show, album launch  Doc Rob and Jordan at the Iberia Show, album launch

Grafia Folk Rock Band, 2009--

Grafia, an acronym for "get right away from it all", is a band of musicians/songwriters who enjoy collaborating in performances, composing and recording. Based in the Wairarapa they manage and contribute to shows wherever they are invited. Their creative influences stretch across several genres and songwriters who have inspired them include: John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, J.J Cale,Van Morrison, MarkKnofler, RobertHunter, Grateful Dead, Leonard Cohen, Christy Moore and Jimmy McCarthy,old and newer blues/americana. Grafia is based in Masterton and plays where invited to in the lower North Island, regularly at 'Tin Hut Live' on State Hwy 2 10km north of Featherston, and The Farmer's Market in Masterton.
Next gigs:
Tin Hut Wed May 13.
Farmer's Market Sat May 2 start 9.30am
Zoom-casting to be announced.