"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!




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It's finally finished, GRAFIA's first album "Ultimately Free" is now in the shops.

The Doc and Jordan at IberiaTo celebrate we held release parties at Iberia Cafe in Masterton and Cactus Jack's in Waipawa.

Cactus Jack's is Lee Walker's new live music venue, designed to to look like a wild west movie set complete with (simulated) bordello! The building started life as a grain store and was for many years a store room for the supermarket next door. We were amazed by the excellent acoustics there, and had a wonderful evening.

The front door at Cactus Jack's

This is what Doc Rob said about the new album:

" Grafia can be likened to a three-legged stool. The three core musicians , Rob Maunsell, Keith Austin and Stephan Schulz are the supporting legs, the music they make is the seat, and the result is this collection of original lyrically based contemporary Folk Rock.
Rob writes the songs and sings, plays acoustic rhythm guitar and harmonica.
Musical direction, keyboard and bass playing are Keith's domains. He also sings back-up vocals and produced the album.
Stephan plays violin and recorder, weaving his improvisational magic.The band on stage at  Cactus Jack's
The band members come from diverse musical backgrounds. Stephan, the most classically trained, pursued violin and composition studies at University and now teaches music at a secondary school. Keith played classical piano for many years before discovering the challenges and joys of playing in rock bands. He’s also an expert at repairing and tuning pianos/keyboards, composing and arranging music in several genres. Rob brought his love of blues, folk and rock music to the task of writing the songs on this album. He performs them with passion and personal expression, adding rhythm guitar and harmonica.
The musical platter Grafia has created offers a delightful experience, the songs are also stories, the instrumental musicality is enticing. The musical collaborators who have enhanced the songs have lifted the efforts of the core players to another level of creativity, and are hugely appreciated for their contributions. GRAFIA is an acronym for “Get Right Away From It All.” This is another step on that journey away from the ordinary, to develop and express an individual sound, share musical visions, and tell stories that can be related to by all."

GRAFIA 's debut album is availabler in music stores now.

Coming Events
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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, Robert Hunter and Grateful Dead, Leonard Cohen, Christy Moore and Jimmy McCarthy to name a few. Grafia is based in Masterton and plays mainly in the lower North Island.
The band makes regular appearances at 'Tin Hut Live' held in The Tin Hut Country Hotel.

Next gigs: Tin Hut Live Wed Aug.7th. Masterton's
Farmer's Market Sat Aug.24th.
Tin Hut Live Wed Oct.16