The delight in passing on songs by one singer to another is writ large in this immensely imaginative collection.
Mary McPartlan used her Fulbright scholarship to mine the rich seam that is Kentucky musician and song collector Jean Ritchie’s song store.
Seamie O’Dowd’s fiddle is a joy on Pretty Saro, and the song most closely associated with Bess Cronin, How Can I Live (at the Top of a Mountain) is a miracle of acoustic blues-tinged guitar overlaid by McPartlan’s uncluttered style. A multilayered gem. - Irish Times, Siobhan Long