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