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Tim Armstrong


Tim Armstrong was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to NZ at a very young age. His first professional gig was at the age of 13 in Tokoroa were he spend his early years. In the 1980's Tim played in top Waikato band, The Politicians. They recorded two singles and made numerous Television appearances. Performing on Shazam and Radio with pictures.

In 1987 Tim went solo and a band was put together to back him called The Kiwi Bandits. In 1987 the band went to the USA and Europe to perform. On returning they played nightclub gigs in the Auckland region. 1991 saw the band playing on the cruise ship The Fairstar for six months.

During the years Tim has performed alongside numerous talented Singers; Frankie Stevens, Tom Sharplin, Ritchie Pickett, Shane, Marc Hunter, Graham Brazier, Alaister Riddell, to mention but a few. He also supported such acts as Hello Sailor, DD Smash, Pseudo Echo, The Narcs, Sharon O'Neill, Dr Feelgood, The Dropbears, Coconut Rough, The Mockers and Midge Marsden.

The 1990's were good years for Tim, he recorded three albums and appeared frequently on television. He also won Best Male vocalist and recorded work in the Waikato Rock Awards promoted by rock 93FM. In 1992 he released his first solo album Relationships, in 1993 he released Breaking Hearts, and 1995 saw the release of his album Wondering Why and a substantial amount of radio airplay with the songs Grantham Street and Separate Lives which were both used on Shortland Street. He also received airplay in 2011 for his song Steeples Will Rise along with thousands of hits on YouTube.

In 1997 Tim went back to England to perform solo gigs in London and appear on Thames TV, and on his return he featured on the Good Morning show several times. He also won best Blues guitarist in the Waikato finals.

In 2015 and 2016 Tim went to the UK to perform with famous sax player Howie Casey, who performed on many hits in the 1970's including Band On The Run. They performed also at the Beatles Festival in Liverpool at the Royal Court Theatre.

While still continuing to play as a solo artist, Tim is also enjoying having a stable line-up for his band (The Tim Armstrong Band) which features musicians Nigel Sanderson and Don McClumpha, and he has established himself as one of the most versatile and hardest working musicians around.

As well as performing solo and with his band which caters for all types of audiences, he plays the part of John in the NZ Abbey road Beatles tribute band.

His voice/guitar playing features on numerous TV and radio commercials.

The latest album was recorded this year in his own home studio in the Waikato and is called Roll Up. It is available for purchase via his website along with some other CDs.

In 2020 Tim formed his Elton John tribute show with his band.


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