"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 write original songs and do cover in the blues/folk rock traditions. The group made the album "Ultimately Free" in 2015 having this remixed in the last 10 months to produce a significantly improved recording of the eight songs, now titled "Think about it".
It's been 8 years since the core members of the band started working together, creating their originals for live performances and sharing gigs with other musicians/bands.
Keith Austin is the hand on keyboards + sings back-up vocals. He also adds his arranging and sound tech/mixing skills.
Dave Dewsnap plays lead guitar when record and play concerts, Kevin Bannister or Dave Murphy when we perform at smaller shows in bars, wineries or cafes. Rob Maunsell, sings lead vocal, plays guitar/ harmonica. Jordan Tredray's on drums.

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

Grafia Live at Paper Road Bistro  Grafia Live at Paper Road Bistro

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 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, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton,J.J Cale, Van Morrison, Alan Taylor, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, 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 Paper Rd Winery north of Masterton.
Next gigs: Sat.Dec 22. 7.00pm Stonehenge,
Fri Jan 11. 7.30pm Raumati Social Club