NEXT GRAFIA SHOWS ARE ON MAY 28th and JUNE 11th

The Grafia Folk Rock band have a show coming up on Sunday May 28 at at the Lakeview in Masterton.



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



DEBUT ALBUM ULTIMATELY FREE NOW AVAILABLE.



"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!



EVENTS


GRAFIA AT THE LAKEHOUSE IN QE2 PARK ON MAY 28, 2017

The band plays on the verandah of this amazingly picturesque cafe/restaurant. It's a great selection of folk, rock, blues and Irish songs with a smattering of originals from their debut album "Ultimately Free". There is no direct charge, the only obligation is to enjoy and soak up the good music and delightful ambience. Excellent table and counter service is provided by Matt, Keith and their capable team.

The meals and snacks selections are delicious and very reasonably priced. The coffee, wine and other drinks at more-ish and you can sit outside picnic style (weather permitting) or inside in the gorgeous French-styled cafe. Grafia on this occasion will have Keith on keys and bass guitar, John Jukes on drums, Dave Dewsnap on guitar , Rob on guitar, harmonica and lead vocals and our backup singer, Sherry James helping Keith add harmony to the vocals. Please let your friends know about us and this fun event. We're there on Sunday afternoons 2 or 3 times each month. .


For more details about these shows, check out our event page on Eventfinda

GRAFIA 's next show is at the Lakehouse on   April  16, 2017

GRAFIA AT THE LAKEHOUSE IN QE2 PARK ON JUNE 11

GRAFIA will be playing at  The Tin Hut on   April  21, 2017


GRAFIA ALBUM RELEASE, MAY 2016




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
GRAFIA Events calendar. Click  here to see all events in the Wairarapa.
This listing is for all the events in the Wairarapa, not just GRAFIA's. Click on the calendar to view it.

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

ABOUT GRAFIA:
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.