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Genres You Will Love
Blues: Jazzy Blues Moods: Type: Lyrical Folk: Folk-Jazz Moods: Type: Political Jazz: Chamber Jazz

By Location
AUSTRALIA - New South Wales

Links
Nikki's website

Nikki Madden

Nikki says 'the simple fact that you can get a belly laugh from a baby with a game of peekaboo is compelling evidence that we have a profound talent for delight.'

Described as - "a product of the suburbs but has more in common philosophically with Mose Allison, Tom Lehrer, Dan Hicks or even Frank Zappa. Classically trained originally, Nikki has a guitar chops that are a cross between Barney Kessel and Paul Simon, with a bit of Joni Mitchell thrown in. Her solo CDs are full of delicious licks and subtle and sly digs at a culture of having and getting more, of not caring whose little sand castle goes down in the wash of your jet ski." (Al Ward, Blue Mountains Folk Festival)

"Exceedingly witty songwriter hits home with lines such as 'where there's a will there's a lawyer'. Madden possesses a follow-if-you-can vibrato that won't sit still but the lyrics are the real draw here. Intelligent, acerbic, and impishly clever." listen reviewer

".....so I keep the language in that song in the area of soft core salaciousness, so as to make a serious social justice issue exude some genuine humanity." (nikki on Next of Skin)

"The song 'Next Of Skin' has received broad acceptance and support .. It’s an up-tempo piece with a catchy hook that’s indicative of the politically aware, yet life affirming nature of the rest of her songs. She has a uniquely intimate style of vocal that is very easy on the ear, just like her spoken voice. John Frame 4ZZZ

- Inspired as a teenager in the 1960's by the poets and singers of Sydney's folk haunts, and seduced by the sensual guitar vocabulary of the 20th century, Blue Mountains singer/songwriter & domestic dare-devil, Nikki Madden, marries cool acoustic guitar grooves with energy efficient lyrics to create the kind of luminous style that places her among the leading lights of the new acoustic sound.

Nikki's song themes lean towards the primitive favorites - love lost, love simply mislaid, sudden fabulous wealth.

-“The lyrics are rich and heady with imagery and sardonic humour: "where there's a will there's a lawyer", "And the Lord said, 'I changed my mind about insects'". Nikki loves playing with words, stringing them together like beads on the threads of her songs: "he's a gypsy in an ocean of personal devotion", “it's a seductive premonition, the solution wears a dangerous smile," and "she's grinning like a dog going naked in a crowd".... her playing displays superb musicianship; brisk, crisp and expressive...” (Mike Raine, Indie-CDs 2009)

Propelled by zippy fingerstyle guitar picking on the steelstring, her 'grin & bare it' documentary style seems to have found a warm welcome with audiences already pulling on their psychic shades in the bright millennial dawn.........

Nikki's conspicuous social justice interests include getting practical Intuition onto the school curriculum, promoting the natural environment, and phasing out the infantile Competition vogue in economics in favour of the more adventurous and scary Cooperation model.

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