Evening Times - - TIMES OUT: GLASGOWIST -


2/3 large hand­fuls of cooked diced turkey

250g Ar­bo­rio rice

1 med white onion

4 spring onions fine sliced 2 tbsp chopped pars­ley 50g But­ter

Salt & Black pep­per 700ml Chicken stock (1 stock cube)

25g grated Parme­san


 Heat a wide based deep­ish pot and add ½ of the but­ter with the onion and fry for 3-4 min­utes with­out brown­ing

 Add rice and gen­tly fry/toast rice over med heat for 2/3 min this is called the toast­ing.

 Add wine and re­duce till al­most com­pletely ab­sorbed.

 Start adding stock 2 ladels at a time re­duc­ing each batch of stock be­fore adding next till rice is cooked.

 Add turkey, spring onions, pars­ley, parme­san and but­ter, stir in care­fully but thor­oughly

 Ad­just sea­son­ing. The risotto should be creamy yet fluid and should spread to edges of a plate when serv­ing,

 Gar­nish with more parme­san and a sprin­kle of rocket leaves.

IT was a night that many would usu­ally have stayed home. But hun­dreds of Glas­gow’s most mu­si­cal heads found them­selves mak­ing their way to SWG3 on the eve of Christ­mas Eve, and who was it all for? Joe­sef.

Tak­ing the UK by storm, Joe­sef has col­lected both ac­co­lades and nom­i­na­tions in the short time the 24-year-old has been mak­ing mu­sic from his bed­room. But there is noth­ing like a home­town gig.

Just shy of com­pletely sell­ing out a room that was al­ready up­graded due to high de­mand, Joe­sef was fi­nally the star of a show we have all been wait­ing for.

With his trade­mark baby pink light­ing up the stage to the sounds of So­phie Elis-Bex­ter’s Mur­der on the Dance­floor as his en­trance tune, Joe­sef be­gan his set with big­gest tune, Lover­boy.

For me, one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing parts of the show was to see Joe­sef’s en­tirely nat­u­ral Glas­gow ac­cent in-be­tween his an­gelic jazz sounds as he asked the au­di­ence, ‘how’s it gaun, Glas­gow?’ Many would crit­i­cise the choice to open with his big­gest track, com­plete with a burst of a pink con­fetti canon, and it is true that there was a slight dip in the crowd’s en­ergy as Joe­sef moved on with new tracks, but the show was so aes­thet­i­cally and au­di­bly pleasing it didn’t mat­ter.

There is some­thing so heart­felt about Joe­sef that one al­most feels like a proud mother watch­ing him per­form (and those hips are cer­tainly an­other thing worth a men­tion).

Here is a man with a well-tuned craft and an ef­fort­less ease with a mi­cro­phone. He ex­udes a nat­u­ral grace on stage, but it is in those mo­ments where he tells us in that ac­cent that a cer­tain song is about a cer­tain some­one that we call him ours. CARLA JENK­INS

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