Profile Type: Artist
The Promise is Hope

“Folk that makes you feel stuff” is exactly what Ash & Eric L’Esperance (spouses & band mates) set out to create through their collaborative project, The Promise is Hope. Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound draws from the deep and vast well of the roots music tradition. Ashley’s airy and intoxicating tone (think Alison Krauss) blends beautifully with Eric’s sweet, deep voice (think Cat Stevens). The two artists complement each other in every respect, as with one voice they take their listeners on an exploration of the deep mysteries within nature and human relationships. With tightly woven harmonies, two acoustic guitars, and intimate songwriting, the pair presents a beautifully moving, inspired & connected live set. PopMatters says, “It is folk music, but folk that doesn’t find any quick or easy comparisons. Instead, it might be said that the L’Esperances have found their unique path within the storied tradition.” 

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The duo met while playing music at a local faith community in their home-city. They were initially drawn together as friends who shared an appreciation for honest well-crafted lyrics, subtle dynamics, and acoustic guitars. Their natural chemistry was undeniable to both them and others in the room when they first performed a cover of Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Though the take was completely spontaneous, Eric recalls feeling an energy as their voices blended effortlessly over a finger picked guitar. They both agreed that they had stumbled upon a rare connection, and were eager to begin exploring ways they might work together. It wasn’t quite love at first song, but it wouldn’t be long before Ash and Eric were committed both to a relationship and a musical partnership. They wrote their first album while planning a wedding, and released their debut album, Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going, in 2015 — six months after they married under the name The Promise is Hope.

In the years following this release, the L’Esperances began touring the Northeast, honing their songs and presentation, building their community, and meeting folks who were excited to call themselves fans and supporters. In this season, they won several local music awards, being recognized for their excellence as artists emerging in the New England scene.

Additional Links: 
The Promise is Hope // Full Discography (Audio)

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Mailing Address: 
224H Chandler St
Apt 1
Worcester, MA 01609
Physical Address: 
224H Chandler St Apt 1
Worcester, MA 01609
Last Name: 
203 996 8820


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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
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Music - General
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General Public
People with Disabilities
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Performing Groups
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Social Media Services
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA)
Folk Alliance International (FAI)
Clark University '13, BA in Music: Vocal Performance
2019 Grassy Hill Emerging Showcase Artists, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
2020 Grassy Hill Songwriting Contest Finalists, CT Folk
Winners of 5 2019 Worcester Music Awards, including Americana Act & Best Album
2018 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Semi-Formal Showcase Artists
Nominated for 2018 New England Music Awards Roots Act of the Year
Winners of the 2017 Best of Central Mass “Best Entertainer”
Winners of TWO 2017 Worcester Music Awards: Best Up & Coming Act, Best Pop Act

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
All Massachusetts library performances are accessible to people who use a wheelchair, have limited mobility, blind, partially-sighted or with low vision.

I am a Touring Artist

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Electric outlets for PA system (We provide full PA equipment)
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I am a Teaching Artist

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Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
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Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Clark University '13 BA in Music: Vocal Performance
5 years as a Musicianship Lab Instructor at Clark University
5 years Privately instructing students of all ages in voice, piano, guitar, songwriting, ukulele
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