Graham can offer the following services and musical combinations
performances and workshops
Concerts: an intimate and informal recital in your own home. This
is probably the best environment in which to experience Grahams
music. Typically Graham plays two sets of between 45 and 60 minutes.
There is a break of about 20 minutes between sets, giving guests an
opportunity to socialize. No PA system is used i.e. it is purely an
acoustic performance. This, ultimately, is what playing unplugged
is all about. All that is required is a room capable of seating from
30 to 60 people and an appropriate amount of sofas, chairs and cushions.
Guests are invited to bring their wine or preferred refreshments and
two or three dollars of the suggested $20 ticket price can be used for
tea, coffee etc. Alternatively, a set fee can be agreed upon.
A house concert is a unique way to focus your social gathering
while experiencing the true acoustic essence of Grahams music.
dining music -
for conferences, weddings and private functions
and ambience music - fills the gaps, creates atmosphere without
perfectly suited for the social time between the wedding ceremony
and the reception dance. Classical guitar can be perfect for the arrival
of guests and Graham knows the right songs to play during the signing
of the register
in advanced fingerstyle techniques
in guitar maintenance and general guitar building techniques
repertoire is perfect for 50th and 60th birthday parties
sessions: obviously acoustic guitar is the specialist instrument,
but all styles of guitars can be used. Because most of Graham's instruments
are 'one-offs' that he has built himself, a unique sound is assured
Graham has composed music for several video documentaries including
'Six of the Best', 'The
Last Great Adventure' and 'Good
Keen Men', various theatrical productions and he has
had songs covered by John Farnham, Slim Dusty and Anne Kirkpatrick
All the tracks on his CDs
'Graham Wardrop', 'Signature' and 'Vintage' are original compositions
Braggins and Graham Wardrop for concert, festival performances,
restaurant, and sophisticated dining situations. Elizabeth is one of
New Zealand's top piano playing singers. She and Graham have worked
in countless venues around New Zealand and overseas. The music has a
leaning towards jazz with lots of virtuoso improvisation and closely
blended vocal harmonies.
Shiels and Graham Wardrop. Rosa
and Graham have played music together for nearly 30 years in
both Australia and New Zealand. Their style is varied but generally
covers popular songs leaning towards the blues and folk genres.
Rosa has a remarkable and individually powerful voice and persona.
Together they have thrilled audiences at acoustic music festivals,
concert halls, house concerts and a huge variety of venues. Their
live CD 'Winter' is a favourite of many keen listeners.
Rosa writes great songs and has recently released here first
solo CD. Rosa and Graham's harmony singing is close and
Curtis and Graham Wardrop for a concert that's full of
songs and stories about New Zealand. Martin performs some hilarious
poems and together their music covers a huge range of styles. A
perfect combination for any folk festival.
Bartlett and Graham Wardrop. New Zealand's two top acoustic guitarists
in duet. This combination explores a myriad of guitar styles and they
enthralled audiences when opening Michael Crawford's New Zealand concerts.
building and repair
guitar building is mainly a hobby, occasional commissions have been
accepted for 'one-off' custom instruments. Graham refuses to build to
a deadline - "Guitar building is challenge enough without having
to work under the pressure of a deadline - a sure way to make mistakes."
This time consuming 'hobby' fills in the quiet times at home between
tours and overseas appearances.
do some small repair and set up jobs, but I prefer to spend the limited
time available on creating new instruments."