After the Union Chapel concert in London November 3rd 1996, I
approached Banton and asked if he had ever considered a solo
album. He answered: "Yes, for about 20 years!" His first
album was finished only five years later! Though his solo
career - at least in a VdGG context - started with the
preparations for that very evening at the Union Chapel where
he performed Samuel Barber's Adagio on the Chapel's Father
Willis pipe organ. Later during the show, he went on to collaborate
with the rest of the old gang.
Hugh played the occasional gig with local pub bands in the
Manchester area during the 80s. His main occupation after leaving
VdGG VIb, however, was to build church organs: "In February 1977
I went to work for a firm in Oldham that built Church organs,
and got stuck there until 1991 when I branched out and started
doing it on my own - They're still in existence and I do it on
a much smaller scale - I only do about eight or nine a year,
and that's what I do." [from the The Hugh Banton Interview,
October 5th 2001 by Tim Locke at the Van der Graaf Generator pages].
The Goldberg Variations is a traditional classical recording.
He played some of his self-built organs for the recording of the
album, using Midi technology.