John Shortis marked his achievement of having survived 40 years as a full-time musician with a concert of his songs, performed by Shortis & Simpson, Peter J Casey, Ian Blake, Jon Jones, Dave O’Neill, with guests Jeannie Lewis, Kerry-Ella McAullay, Yanto and Peter Shortis, Mark Shortis, and Andrew Purdam. Canberra Southern Cross Club, March 4 2011

‘John Shortis’ celebration of 40 years full time in the music business rightly attracted a happy full house and a standing ovation at the end…. in the company of partner Moya Simpson and a stage full of musical friends and relatives, Shortis made the most of it……The result was a thoroughly enjoyable wander through his considerable range of song writing…. Long may the revels continue for Shortis the songwriter and performer….’ Alanna Maclean, Canberra Times March 9 2011

‘…a happy autobiographical concert……..not all songs brought tears of laughter; there were tears of poignancy too….stunning versatility through every gamut from satire to blues and even opera. …Aren’t we lucky we can call Shortis & Simpson our own?’ Clinton White, City News March 9 2011