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!

The Grafia Story - "Ultimately Free".

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

It is also a group of musicians who include graphic arts, photography/video making and work collectively resulting in the band creating songs and putting on shows with stage lighting, background imagery and a sense of the 'live" performance.

This group has so far had more than fifteen contributors and recently recorded its first collection of original songs. Six years after it started playing songs as a group and organising performances, concerts and sharing gigs with other musicians/bands Grafia is still refining its sound and musical direction..
Grafia’s ability to entertain and play music that is both listenable and exciting has increased and now gains considerable acclaim. This is due to the passion and application of key members of the band.


Keith AustinKeith Austin is the keyboard maestro who also plays electric bass or piano accordion, and sings back-up vocals. Supporting Keith is the newest band member, Dave Dewsnap, playing electric lead and occasionally acoustic guitars, and also singing back-up vocals. The third member of the core trio is Rob Maunsell, who has grown into his role as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. He adds harmonica tastefully, mostly at appropriate times, in songs that are blues/rock inspired. Very recently Jacqueline (Jacq) Knox has been rehearsing with the band, adding her gorgeous voice to the sound as back-up singer. She also sings lead vocals on some cover songs.

Stephan Schulz
The band with Stephan Schulz on violin and recorder has recorded a collection of original songs, written by Rob and arranged by the trio at their weekly practice sessions. Jordan Tredray, a Masterton native, played drums and percussion on the album but doesn’t join the trio for Sunday live sessions, as he has a professional drum school to attend to.

Rob Maunsell Titles of the songs include "Think about it", a thought provoking boogie blues led by Keith on piano, "The Archivist" a folk ballad 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 was done at Keith's home studio with contributions by friends, Lenny Te Whare, Clare Christian, Stefan Brown and Jacqueline Knox. Two new songs have just made their way into the repertoire, "Seven Black Swans", and "Blood and Nerve."

Jacqui Knox
The performances Grafia has staged over the last six years have included many other local musicians and bands. Included in the mix of interesting contributors is their artist, photograher, video maker, friend, A J Hunter, who provides the gamut of artistic needs from poster design, photography, video imagery, screen presentations and website development. Grafia's music blends inspiring palate of musical colours and styles that appeal to many and varied tastes.

Thanks to Keith Marshall and his team at The Lake House, the band has enjoyed an extended season of regular gigs fortnightly to monthly for the last twelve months and this will continue into the foreseeable future. It's a lovely atmospheric venue offering great food and warm-hearted service, so come take a look.

Dave Dewsnap 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 at The Lake HouseGrafia at The Lake House

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. Based in the Wairarapa they put on/contribute to shows wherever they are invited. Their creative influences stretch across several genres and songwriters including: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton,J.J Cale, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Alan Taylor, Johnny Cash, Solomon Burke, Lenny Te Whare, Christy Moore and Jimmy McCarthy to name a few. Grafia is based in Masterton and plays mainly in the lower North Island. Currently the band plays regularly at The Lakehouse in Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton.
New opportunities to showcase songs and entertain are welcomed.