Live: Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 @ The Bungalow, Paisley, 17/09/16

Yellow Movement pioneers Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 wow Paisley alongside Declan Welsh

LAST Saturday night saw Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 kick off their latest tour in Paisley which will see them take in South Korea and, eh, Cumbernauld. It makes for quite the poster.

We sent our man Jack Thomson down to The Bungalow to catch up with Colonel Mustard’s David Blair, better known as The Dijancer, to see what all the fuss is around Glasgow’s most exciting live act.

“At the end of the day, any band is nothing without the people that get into what they do. It’s a beautiful symbiosis between us and the people that come along. They support what we do and they want to help out and make some positive change wherever we can. It’s just bringing people together and making it happen.”

There was a profound sense of both gratitude and purpose in The Dijancer David Blair’s words as he reflected on Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5’s relationship with The 6th Dijon to The Music Brewery.

Our reporter Jack Thomson (R) talked to David Blair AKA The DIjancer.
Our reporter Jack Thomson (R) talked to David Blair AKA The Djancer.

Striving to create an inclusive community founded on peace, love and mustard, the band continue to soar in popularity and prepared for a sell-out gig in The Bungalow, Paisley.

Preluded by the simply wonderful humour, thought-provoking wit and cutting satire of singer-songwriter Declan Welsh, Colonel John McMustard took to the stage to join the Dijon 5 and get us started with ‘International Sex Hero’.

Declan Welsh impressed Paisley with his spoken word poems.

The sea of yellow erupted in euphoria as ‘Gay Icon’ was then blasted out with all the flair typical of a band that truly understands the art of entertainment and crowd engagement whether it be with 1900 people in The Barrowlands or to 300 at The Bungalow.

“The size of the space isn’t something that has any kind of primary focus for us. It’s all about the people that are there. It’s how we interact with them. That’s the key thing. We just want to make sure that everybody there is united as one to have a good time.”

The overwhelming theme at a gig like this is unadulterated fun. The ability to get people dancing and laughing simultaneously is a gift and one that should be recognised. The 6th Dijon was treated to some new songs and one which epitomised the band’s passion for making people laugh was ‘Shipman On Ice’.

The Colonel encouraged the crowd to consider an alternate reality in which serial killers had been redirected from their inclination to commit murder to a hobby somewhat less harmful, such as ice-skating. Incredibly it’s a thought that has produced yet another brilliant song.

Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 brought immense colour and energy to the stage.
Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 brought immense colour and energy to the stage.

More fan favourites were performed from the light-hearted and upbeat ‘Bouncy Ball’,  to the lyrically inspired ‘Capturado’.  Amongst all of this Blair (the Dijancer) still found the opportunity to hang from a speaker.

Another incredible execution of the live performance was perfectly concluded with ‘Ginger Girl’. Those with the ginger gene were warmly invited to the stage to become a part of the band, adding to the magic.

With Paisley ticked off, it’s South Korea next on the world tour before an inevitably triumphant return to the band’s home town Cumbernauld in late October at The Weavers.

Nothing is ever conventional with Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, and that’s just the way we like it.

Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 play The Weavers, Cumbernauld on Saturday 22nd October.

To find out more about Colonel Mustard, The Yellow Movement and Harold Shipman, amongst other things, check them out on Facebook.



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