Tim Armstrong Profile

Andrew Johnstone
31 Oct 2016

No account of the Waikato music scene would be complete without a chapter on musical troubadour Tim Armstrong. A regular on the Coromandel summer circuit, doyen of Hamilton’s booming 1980-90s nightclub scene, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and tribute performer, Armstrong has done it all.

On his home turf, Armstrong is a bona fide star with a large and loyal following. Known and admired both for his original work and his work as a covers artist, for close to four decades he has managed that rarest of feats in a small community, sustaining a living from music.

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The Politicians on Shazam! - Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals), Paul van Wering (guitar/keys/vocals), Donna Armstrong (keys/vocals), Campbell Hapi (bass/vocals) and Paul Alderton (drums)
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The Politicians - Energy (Radio With Pictures, 1985)
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The NZ Beatles tribute band (L-R): Don McClumpha, John Clarke, Nigel Sanderson and Tim Armstrong
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Tim Armstrong, 1992
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Tim Armstrong and Mark Taipari on Rock the Planet with Shane Hales
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The Politicians performing She's A Mod (Radio With Pictures/Shazam! special, celebrating 25th birthday of TV in NZ, 1985)
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The Politicians - Energy (Shazam!, 1985)
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Tim Armstrong, left, in The Politicians with Campbell Hapi on bass, and Donna Wilson on keyboards. 
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Tim Armstrong: a portrait by Sue Summers
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Tim Armstrong in The Politicians, 1985
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Tim Armstrong and Jacqui Keen Davey - Separate Lives (1995)
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The Politicians - Polar Bear (filmed in Lady Hamilton night club, 1984)
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Tim Armstrong, 2015
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Tim Armstrong Band with Willie Barrett, Waikato Winter show, 2012
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The Tim Armstrong Band, 2015, with his son Jordan Armstrong on drums, and Don McClumpha on bass
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Tim Armstrong in 2014
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Tim Armstrong, 2014
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Tim Armstrong Band - Grantham Street (1992)
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Tim Armstrong, Doug Pepperell and Wa Kupa, 1981
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Tim Armstrong, 1993
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Tim Armstrong - Here Comes The Sun (1995)
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