Still in her mid-20s, Rusby is gaining nearly unanimous recognition as one of the most important voices in British folk -- and rightfully so. The power and beauty of this south Yorkshire native's voice can stop hearts with a ballad, and her latest release, "Little Lights," is worth shedding a few tears over. But if I sound like I'm gushing, I've got nothing on the BBC, who's already labeled her "one of the top ten folk voices of the century."
Saturday April 13, Cedar Cultural Centre, 416 Cedar Ave. S. N. 338-2674.
Friday: Robbie Fulks
By Bill Snyder
Fulks has long been one of the alt- country world's brilliant loose cannons, and his latest, "Couples in Trouble," finds him taking aim in all directions. He drills deeper into the roots of Anglo-American balladry, reaches farther into the world of digital soundscapes, and draws richer characters. Amazingly, it all works together quite brilliantly. Go figure.
Friday April 12, 8 p.m. Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St. $14.50. Ticketmaster: 989-5151.