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"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 work collectively creating and covering songs in the blues/ rock traditions. The group made an album "Ultimately Free" in 2015 and has had this remixed in the last six months to produce a significantly improved recording of the eight songs.
It's seven years since the core members of the band started working together, playing covers initially then including their originals in performances and sharing gigs with other musicians/bands.
Keith Austin is the band's dab hand on keyboards + sings back-up vocals. In the creative department he adds arranging and sound tech/mixing skills to his instrumental vituosity.
Dave Dewsnap has rejoined and plays lead guitar and sings back-up vocals. Rob Maunsell, the other core member, sings lead vocals + plays harmonica and is busy on acoustic guitar.

LIVE VIDEOS from the Wairarapa TV May Music Marathon


GRAFIA performing "To be Heard" off their debut album "Ultimately Free." Recorded live in 2017.


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


GRAFIA performing "Quietly Going Blues" off their debut album "Ultimately Free." Created in 2015.

Recent pictures

Neils Gedge at Tin Hut Live  Rob with Andrew  London and Rob Neils Gedge at Tin Hut Live Rob with Andrew London and Rob

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

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. 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 with shows being announced on Eventfinda and Facebook.
The band makes regular appearances at 'Tin Hut Live' State Hwy 2 and 'Live at Aratoi' Art Gallery in Masterton.

Next outing: Oct 3rd 7.30pm. Tin Hut Live