Bankers get in guitar groove
Banking talent is always newsworthy, especially when it is unearthed in a dimly lit bar and involves Elvis renditions. The bar, in London's Canary Wharf, is a haunt of Gareth Jones, a salesman at BNY Securities. The event was the inaugural public gig of The Dealers.
The band has been together for three years but had only ever played at private parties. Jones plays bass guitar and Pete Snesdell, who is in forex hedge fund sales at ABN Amro, plays guitar along with financial journalist Piers Townsend. On the drums is Charlie Crowe, who runs his own media company.
They describe themselves as "rock with a bit of pop around the edges" but that didn't stop vocalist Paul Mansouri, a commercial lawyer at DLA, belting out eclectic covers ranging from ZZ Top to Elvis to The Jam.
After more encores than Radiohead at Glastonbury Festival and a final feisty rendition of "I can't get enough of your love", the band retired for a drink and a smoke at the bar.