the rock

The most essential part of what Dad and I do, usually starts with the songs
Well, maybe a lack of desire to be politically correct and censor our thoughts
THEN the songs

Then the shows
But it would be impossible to get the albums out, put a tour together, and all the rest without the right people around you
It takes so many smart, organised peeps to get it all done, and we are so lucky (particularly on this tour) to be surrounded by the best of the best
But if you want to look closer. There are people that we absolutely could NOT do any of it without
Our families.
Believe it or not, Dad and I sometimes aren’t the easiest people to be around
I know, you probably thought we ride unicorns and fart rainbows (which we do 99% of the time *cough*) but it takes a special kind of person to be around and put up with us ‘creative / entertainer’ types 24/7
I’m crazy fucking lucky, and I know it, to have both a husband AND a mum that do that in my life. Two normal people, in a sea of professional smart-arses

I know that this tour (Dad’s final one of the UK & Ireland) is the beginning of the slow down for me, as far as having Mum out on the road.
And I’ve got to tell you, while I love touring in any capacity, touring with my Dad & Mum has made me the luckiest chick singer out there.
Mum is without a doubt the most generous,ย beautiful, kind and funny-as-fuck friend anyone can have. I get the bonus of calling her ALL of those things.
And I get to call her Mum
I don’t for a second ever take for granted how lucky I am to have her
I love every day I get to be with her
I miss every day that I don’t

Living on the opposite side of the world to her is tough on both of us

And it never gets easier

But today, I’m so glad I get to be where she is

I’m not sure I will ever be able to tell you just how much I love and admire you Mum
Try to think of how much you love your favourite person…
Times that by a bazillion
And you might be halfway there

I hope you have the BESTUS of birthdays today


  1. Happiest birthday wishes to Betty! Same birthday as my Mum, who I can also understand the feelings of missing when I’m not near her (although mind you, Sydney is a lot closer to Melbourne than Perth is to Chicago). xx

  2. Happy birthday to my beautiful Aunty Betty – love from all the Hardman family.

    I know exactly what you’re talking about – I have ‘the other rock’ of the pascoe family for my mum xxxxxxx

  3. Happy Birthday Betty, have a fantastic day! Even though it’s chilly here in the UK, having family around will warm the cockles of your heart. X

  4. Happy Birthday Betty.. I know you will have a great day.. I just wish my mother was 1/4th of the person your mum is.. maybe when she gets back to Perth she can go and see my mother and slap her lol

  5. Happy Birthday Betty! Thank you for all the support that you give Kev and Jenny so that they can entertain the rest of us. Was glad to catch his final show in Croydon.

    All the best to all of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy Birthday to the Lovely Sweet Betty Bloody Wilson that is the key holder and success of the like Bloke we call Kev and his daughter Jenny. If it were not for Betty I don’t think Kev’s and Jenny’s music tours would exist.

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    Chicago, USA DILLIGAF Tour 2011

  7. Oh what a beautiful tribute Jen… bet she treasures it (I would if MY daughter ever wrote something like that about me!). HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTY!

    1. Bless, she didn’t get halfway through reading it at brekky today. She handed her iPad to Dad to read it to her, and he only
      Got through 2 lines.
      At least I know where I got my faulty tear ducts from!! xx

  8. I hope you mum had a lovely Birthday, your mum sounds like a wonderful person, it was lovely to read how much you love her you don’t hear that enough nowadays

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