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.
We have amazing supporters and friends who captured some footage of us playing at our recent shows. Here are clips from our international folk dance house party and the techno contra at FolkMADness camp.
We’ve been wonderfully busy this spring and are flying into summer with many upcoming events on the calendar!
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.
All photos by Randi Thompson unless otherwise noted