The Parson Sisters (Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco on fiddle and Clara Byom on keys) is a duo based in Albuquerque, NM, specializing in global folk dance music, including Balkan, Irish, contra, and English Country. Mirinisa and Clara became instant friends and musical collaborators after being introduced by mutual friends in January 2018. The New Mexican folk music and dance communities are at the heart of The Parson Sisters’ work, as they’ve been independently active in two important local organizations—New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society and Southwest International Folk Dance Institute—and hope to encourage a new generation of dancers and musicians to embrace and share these cultural traditions.
Wow—what a trip! From the snowy mountains of Colorado to the sunny sequoia forests of the Sierras, those eleven days were chock-full of new and old friends, music, dance, and places.
Dancing, laughter, home-made desserts, and a good time were shared by the over thirty people who came to listen to us before we set off on our first tour.
A medley of a couple of our favorite lesnoto melodies.
All photos this page by Randi Thompson