Ruby Amanfu Newport Folk Festival

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Ruby Amanfu, a Ghanaian-born singer and songwriter based out of Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA., will perform in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, July 23rd at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.

Amanfu released her most recent studio album, Standing Still, on August 28, 2015, following a double single release of “Bluff” and “Love Out Loud” in 2013. Amanfu is known for her collaborations with Jack White in his all-female band, The Peacocks. She is also well known for being one half of the duo Sam & Ruby, whose album was named Associated Press Album of the Year in 2009.


The entire 2016 Newport Folk Festival is being rolled out (almost) daily on their social media accounts, Ruby Amanfu is the 11th act to be announced for the annual festival at Fort Adams State Park.

The Oh Hellos, Father John Misty and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Swearts are also scheduled to perform on Friday, July 22nd.

While most tickets are sold out for the 2016 festival, Friday tickets are still available at

The 2016 Newport Folk Festival will take place at Fort Adams State Park on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

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