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Since the release of their debut album, “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going,” in 2015, the Worcester-based wife and husband folk duo of Ashley and Eric L’Esperance — who perform as The Promise Is Hope — had been steadily going in what seemed like the right direction.
Acclaim, awards, another album, and expanding tours were pointing the way forward. That was especially true of the increasing number of live in-person shows, which up until last March provided most of the revenue for musical acts.
“It was not uncommon to be playing three or four shows a week,” said Eric L’Esperance. “For musicians it’s always a bit of a puzzle that you’re putting together, but live performances are our bread and butter.”
Then the sudden arrival of the coronavirus quickly canceled all the live in-person show bookings.
After what the duo has described as “a few brief panic attacks,” The Promise Is Hope planned what would soon be the first of 22 weekly “Anxiety Relief” livestream concerts, along with some new promises.
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