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John Hughes of Brattleboro.

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KEENE, N.H. — John Hughes, a sculptor and musician from Brattleboro, will perform in an evening of music, songs and stories.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Showroom, 20 Commercial St., Hughes will perform original music on a kora — built himself. The stringed instrument is popular in West Africa.

Hughes’ music draws from the classical West African Jeli (griot) repertoire, and includes jazzy original compositions, “mingling disparate cultural influences to what is described as a mesmerizing effect,” according to a show description.

Other than some weddings, this is Hughes’ first concert in several months due to the pandemic.

“Without performing, the music is missing an avenue of expression, and it doesn’t quite become whole, so I’m looking forward to a chance to perform, for that reason,” Hughes said in a phone call Monday.

More information and tickets, for $15, can be found at


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