Ash & Eric (formerly The Promise is Hope) have never shied away from lifes hard edges. Hailing from the gritty heart of the Industrial Revolution -- Worcester, Massachusetts -- the two find consolation in discovering beauty from the challenges of being artists in the most stubbornly independent cities in the north east. Their musings reflect the hope and pain we all experience sung in voices as vulnerable and honest as their lyrics. Their songs feel like a warm welcome, a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold at the end of a long day. In addition to top tier writing that No Depression says will have you ...coming away from many of these [songs] cleansed, their warm harmonies, swirling acoustic guitars, and easy stage presence have earned them a dedicated following in the North East folk scene.
Since 2015, Ash & Eric have toured extensively, sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Vance Gilbert, Jesse Terry, Gaelynn Lea (winner of 2016 Tiny Desk Contest), Crys Matthews, Parsonsfield & many more fabulous artists in the emerging folk scene. In 2018, they were nominated for 'Roots Act of the Year' for the New England Music Awards and were Finalists for the Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2019 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest in eastern New York.
Sure, their highly-anticipated debut LP (their third as a duo, but first under Ash & Eric), was recorded, mixed and produced by Eric at a boarding school in Western Massachusetts; and will be released May 6, 2022 alongside an accompanying 25-minute visual EP.
Ash and Eric never fail to please the audience with their delightful stories, harmonies and beautiful song-crafting! Everyone went away feeling refreshed and warmed from their performance. Louise Baker, Talent Buyer Isis Music Hall, Asheville
[Ash & Erics] tapestry of shimmering guitars and enfolding voices goes beyond transcending sorrow. They find the thread between daily life and tragedy and imbue the route with meaning. Acoustic Guitar Magazine