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“Eccentric” is a word usually reserved for flaky-lipped dowagers with more cats than teeth. But English folksinger Kate Rusby makes a good case for early-onset eccentricity. Sure, she’s a well-scrubbed 20-something beauty with a winsome smile hard-wired into her soprano and a scholar’s command of Child ballads. But she also tells tales about dressing up as a black pudding. One of her best-known couplets? “Never trust a girl with your mother’s cow, and never let your trousers go falling down.” When she won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2000, she became stuck to her guitar and spilled a glass of water on one of the organizers before making it to the stage to accept. The dangerously talented Rusby will be joined on Tuesday by American troubadour Richard Shindell, who sings credibly about Jersey Turnpike miracles and Mary Magdalene’s affair with Jesus. Prepare to be amazed at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $17.50. (703) 549-7500. (Pamela Murray Winters)