Grafia play semi-regular sets on the verandah at The Lakehouse in Masterton's Queen Elizabeth Park.


"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. Stephan Schulz plays violin and recorder, 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: Grafia's Story.. "so far to go"

Grafia is an acronym for "Get Right Away From It All".

It's a band of musicians working with artists, photographers, video/film makers and songwriters who enjoy collaborating to perform, compose and record. We are based in the Wairarapa and put on or contribute to shows throughout the region. So far this has been in the lower North Island, Napier and Auckland.

King Street Live in Masterton and The Tin Hut venue in south Wairarapa are now sadly both deceased. The Cabana in Napier, alive and well thanks to The Guv'ner Roy Brown, and more recently, The Gladstone Inn, 8 km outside of Masterton, are now some of our favourite places to play. We are available for concerts, cafe/bar gigs, private parties and other special events, playing a set of originals (now on demo CD), or covers in the genres of  folk, Irish, blues, country rock or gypsy jazz. Our first album, "Ultimately Free," a collection of eight originals, is due for release in May 2016.


Keith AustinKeith Austin, our musical director and keyboard playing maestro, also fronts on bass, and piano accordion. Backing Keith with his serious musical ability is our violin and recorder playing instrumentalist, Stephan Schulz, who transforms the lives of scores of young people every year by teaching them the love of and relationship to music in his day job as head of music at the local secondary school, Chanel College. The third member of the core trio is Rob Maunsell, who has grown into his role as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. He also loves to play harmonica and does this tastefully, mostly at appropriate times in songs that are blues inspired. Filling out the rhythm section of the band is John Jukes on drums. He has been drumming since his late teens and has an insatiable passion to be sitting at a set of drums driving the engine room of the band.
Stephan Schulz
The core trio of Rob, Keith and Stephan are currently working on a collection of original songs, written by Rob and arranged by the trio at their weekly practice sessions at Rob's home in Masterton where the three of them live. Kemp is also a Masterton native, with John and Peter having their home bases in Central Hawkes Bay. Titles of the songs include "Think about it", a thought provoking boogie blues led Rob Maunsellby Keith on piano, "The Archivist" a folk ballard with a memorable chorus, and " Quietly going blues", an ode to Rob's father, John, set in an extended slow-tempo blues form. The recording has been done at Rob's home with contributions by friends, Stefan Brown, Jordan Tredray and Lenny Te Whare. The initial production was managed by Lorenzo Buhne and his co-techno collaborator Benni Krueger and has been continued to the stage of mastering a demo EP by Keith.

Lorenzo Buhne
Rod Lawrence has recently joined the team as its Festival co-ordinator. Originally from the South Island,based mainly in Christchurch Rod has been a ‘muso’ since the late 60’s and 70’s where he played in a number of covers bands. He arrived in the Wairarapa only recently and was quickly integrated into the music scene by local musician, doctor and friend Rob Maunsell. At present he plays bass and backup vocals in the Ruamahunga River Band and brings strong organisational and marketing skills to the GRAFIA Project team.
Shows created by Grafia Productions over the last five years have included many with other local musicians and bands, some from as far afield as Wellington (not so far), Auckland, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

Stefan Kingsford Brown Jazz, blues and folk musician Stefan Kingsford Brown has been playing live and teaching music n the Wairarapa for more than 30 years. He's a singer/ songwriter, guitar tutor, jingle composer and advertising company owner, a recording engineer and a studio boss - a true Renaissance musician. In that time he's put out 5 albums and 3 CDs and toured across the globe, playing in the United States, Britain, Japan, Norway, South Africa and Australia. Music runs in his blood - Stefan's father was a musician as well. Stefan played in various bands around the Wellington scene: Stacy Grove, Face to Face, Fat Cat Boogie Band, Eagle Riding Papas and the Dodge Bros to name a few.

Together with their resident artist, photographer and film maker, colleague, A J Hunter, who covers the gamut of artistic needs from poster design, photography, video imagery, screen presentations and website development, Grafia is building a complimentary palate of musical/artistic offerings that are bound to appeal to many and varied tastes.

Please check us out, have a listen and a look, and give us your feedback!
 Rob Maunsell,  for the Grafia management committee.  Ph 027 443 1490 email:

Recent pictures

Grafia on - stage at the Cactus Jack's album release showGrafia on - stage at the Cactus Jack's album release show

Doc Rob and Jordan at the Iberia album release show Doc Rob and Jordan at the Iberia album release show

Grafia Folk Rock Band, 2009--

Grafia, an acronym for "get right away from it all", is a band of musicians working with artists photographers video/film makers and songwriters who enjoy collaborating to perform, compose and record. We are based in the Wairarapa and put on/contribute to shows wherever we are invited. Our creative influences stretch across main genres and songwriters eg Lennon McCartney,Dylan, Clapton,J.J Cale,Bryan Ferry,James Taylor, Alan Taylor,the Old Crow Medicine Show, Johnny Cash,Solomon Burke, Lenny Te Whare, Christy Moore and Jimmy McCarthy to name a few. We are based in Masterton and play mainly in the lower North Island. Currently the band plays regularly at Turkey Red Country Hotel in Greytown and The Lakehouse in QE Park, Masterton.
New opportunities to showcase our songs and entertain those willing it are welcomed.