Ashley and Eric L’Esperance first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.” Jessica Phaneuf, WUMB, says “I listen to A LOT of music, and this [album] would be at the top of the pile.” Their highly-anticipated sophomore release is expected to drop May 2018. The Promise is Hope has earned their place among New England’s finest emerging indie-folk duos, with a live performance that is often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected. In 2017, Worcester Telegram & Gazette named them “Best Entertainers in Central Massachusetts” and they were invited to perform at the Connecticut Folk Festival. They have captured the hearts of listeners in hundreds of crowds all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and have shared the stage with renowned folk artists such as Parsonsfield, Amy Speace, Antje Duvekot, and Gaelynn Lea. 

Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters, and their sound is shaped by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic and pop. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy, voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the great folk songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully into well-crafted pieces.  Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect. Their songs are sometimes fun, sometimes deep, and always aimed for the heart. As Eric puts it, The Promise is Hope aims to “write songs that are honest and true … in a way that hopefully helps others see the truth and the beauty that exists in their own lives.”


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“I listen to A LOT of music and this album would be towards the top of the pile.”
-Jessica Phaneuf, WUMB


These tracks serve as a sampling of singles from the duo’s debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.
Find the full album here

The duo’s sophomore album is set to be released in 2018.



Livingston Taylor
Gaelynn Lea (2016 NPR Tiny Desk Winner)
The Mallet Brothers Band
Ballroom Thieves
The End of America
Antje Duvekot
Sarah Blacker
Hayley Sabella
Brothers McClurg
Joy Ike
Max Garcia Conover


“The Promise is Hope came out of nowhere to blow us away. With a polished, mature sound, their catchy songs were a big hit with our audience.”
-Ben Ruddock, Creative Director – Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

“Strikingly upbeat and cheery, their stage performance evokes a cherished, nearly nostalgic style, like the 60s folk acts.”
-Reid Simpson, Hear and There Photography, November 2017

“…there’s an intimacy and chemistry that’s evident between them.”
-Anna Marketti, ‘Allston Pudding’: “Premiere: ‘Mary-Ann’ – The Promise is Hope’ Feb. 2017

“Uniquely intimate…it really makes you feel as if you’re part of a tiny gathering with these musicians, even if you’re just listening through MP3 or something”
– Andrew Sun, Founder of the Dartmouth Bluegrass Society
‘The Dartmouth’ Show Preview: October 2016

“I am awestruck with the harmonies that Ashley & Eric L’Esperance are able to blend and spin together. Truly beautiful and moving…
there is an effortless feel to how they sing together, like they were made to create music as a seamless grouping.”
– Brian Carroll, ‘Red Line Roots’ Feature: June 2015

The album “feels honest…[and] offers something for both romantics and realists alike.”
‘Sound of Boston’ Album Review: June 2015

“The duo has captured something exceedingly personal…”
– Sarah Connell, ‘Worcester Love’ interview: “Worcester’s Acoustic Power Couple” June 2015


Winners of the 2017 Best of Central Mass “Best Entertainer”

Winners of the 2017 Worcester Music Awards
Best Up & Coming Act & Best Pop Act

Finalists in the CT Folk Festival Audition Night (out of 70 applicants & 10 auditions), March 2017
Selected to perform at the CT Folk Festival, September 2017

Their video for the song Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going was chosen as one
of the Videos of the Month by CharterTV3’s WooTube in April 2015.

The Promise is Hope has won the “Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge”
Boston’s Premier Open Mic


The Promise is Hope’s music can be heard:
in Boston and beyond on WUMB
in Worcester and beyond on WICN & on WCHC 88.1
in the Connecticut River Valley on iCRV Radio
in Fairfield County Connecticut on WPKN 89.5
in the Hudson River Valley on LocalMotion 91.3 WVKR
in Orange County NY on Hootenanny Cafe WTBQ 93.5
on Joltin’ Joe’s Internet Show: Radio Nowhere
& in Northern Pennsylvania on WNTI Radio