I am a versatile guitarist of many musical influences. I have a wealth of playing experience with bands and performing solo.
For 20 years I was part of the New Zealand renowned guitar duo called Accoustic Rendezvous.  I am now performing as a soloist.

My repertoire, which is ever evolving and expanding, consists of around 200 pieces, including , flamenco,classical, Latin American, gypsy jazz, rock, pop classics and blues. My song list is available on request.

I am ideally suited for weddings, corporate functions, birthdays, conferences and private functions, either as background music or as a featured item. I am also available as a session guitarist and remain open to band work.
Some performances of note include:

  • The Michael Hill Golf Open, Queenstown (Premier)
  • Jazz in the Park, Church Road Winery, Hawke’s Bay
  • Guitars in the Park, Hawke’s Bay Opera House
  • Long Lunch, Art Deco Weekend, Napier
  • Live performance at Dilmah tea party, NZ versus Sri Lanka cricket test, Sky TV
  • Residencies and gigs at numerous Hawke’s Bay wineries including Craggy Range, Kim Crawford, Cape Kidnappers Farm, Sacred Hill, Brookfields and the Cabana
  • Mission Estate Winery (blessing of the Mission)
References and Reviews:
" I have booked Ralph Gannaway to play at our events on numerous occasions over the past ten years and have found him reliable, professional and an excellent acoustic musician. Last time he played one of our events was on Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s national Day celebrations on the Number Two stage in our food court area. What impressed me, was that he managed to hold the attention of an itinerant crowd while a major act was playing on the main stage. Other events he has played for us is the Hastings Fiesta of Lights and the Ahuriri Fishhook Festival in Napier." Regards, Te Rangi Huata Public Dreams Trust PO Box 1368 Hastings 4156 Ph 06 876 2718 Exn 706, 027 511 8052

“Our client was very satisfied with Ralph’s performance – thank you.”
Amy Tapper, Cape Kidnappers

"The Hastings City Night Market runs every Thursday night. Aside from food and art the Market also has performances for the duration of the evening.– we engaged Ralph Gannaway specifically for the Spanish themed Market. We have used him at other ‘non themed’ Markets as well. We have been very impressed with his musicality and range of songs. He is great to communicate with and we have never once been let down by him."

Andrea Vernik-Taaffe, Events and Promotions Manager, Hastings City Business Association, P O Box 420, Hastings.2014


"We first heard Ralph Gannaway play over a drink at our local bar. We liked his music so much that we asked him to play at our wedding and his fantastic guitar playing provided the backdrop to the most enjoyable and important day of our lives. People long after the wedding have been asking us who the guitarist was, he was that good." Cheers, Tom & Kate Nov 2013

“Gannaway was fast, furious and spectacular. He plucked from the songbooks of the Gypsy Kings, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, and the Rolling Stones (Paint it, Black always gets a few up and jiving.)” Roger Moroney - Hawke's Bay Today - 2/8/08

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