Luke Jackson / The Promise is Hope
Music at 7:00 pm (Doors at 6:30 pm)
$25 (to reserve, send by Paypal or Venmo to firstname.lastname@example.org)
"I was hugely impressed by every part of Luke;s music He's great singer, writer and performer, a striking new voice." -- Frank Turner
"Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words" -- Acoustic Magazine
Luke is a singer-songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fatea's Male Artist of the Year 2014 and 2016 and his live album Solo:Duo:Trio was voted 2018 Album of the Year by Laurel Canyon.
Over the past few years he has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the Folk, Roots, Americana & Acoustic circuits, either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook and Sarah Jarosz.
As well as playing solo, Luke also performs as a Duo or Trio. In addition to the UK, he regularly tours across Europe playing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. In 2016 and 2017 he visited the USA to play at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas and again in early 2019 when the conference was held in Ontario, Canada. Luke has completed several joint headline tours with Grammy Award winning songwriter Amy Wadge, with Folk Award winning duo Greg Russel and Ciaran Algar and American singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe.
His debut album More Than Boys, produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph, was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up Fumes and Faith in early 2014. In 2015 he released a 7-track EP with his trio, This Family Tree, which was described in a 5-star Maverick review as two words, " Bloody brilliant" and it further reflected his development as both a writer and performer.
November 2016 saw the release of Luke's 3rd full studio album, Tall Tales and Rumours to universal critical acclaim, which Maverick, in a 5 star review, described as a brilliant, thoughtful album Jackson shows talent beyond his years. Whilst Acoustic Magazine noted Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words
In February 2018 Luke put out his first live album Solo:Duo:Trio which again was enthusiastically received, with Mike Harding noting: "That's got to be one of the most faultless live recordings ever in my opinion- he's a great songwriter with a great voice and boy can he sing the blues."
Already in 2019 Luke has been back to the Folk Alliance Conference held in Canada, performed a select run of dates with Amy Wadge, had solo, duo and trio shows and has a co write song Lake Louise released on Rebecca Loebe's 2019 album Give Up Your Ghosts.
Luke remains an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over the United Kingdom and Europe. This will be Lukes 2nd US tour, following on from a successful tour of the Pacific Northwest in September 2019.
The Promise is Hope
Folk that makes you feel stuff is exactly what Ash & Eric LEsperance (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. Ashleys airy and intoxicating tone (think Alison Krauss) blends beautifully with Erics sweet, deep voice (think David Wilcox). The two artists complement each other in every respect, as with one voice they take their listeners on an engaging musical journey. With tightly woven harmonies, two acoustic guitars, and an easy stage presence, the pair presents a beautifully moving, inspired & connected live set. PopMatters says, It is folk music, but folk that doesnt find any quick or easy comparisons. Instead, it might be said that the LEsperances have found their unique path within the storied tradition.
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 LEsperances 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.
In 2017, Ash and Eric began writing their sophomore album. Wrestling with the loss of several family members in close proximity, alongside the collapse of their faith community, the two knew the best way to channel their grief was through music. Out of this cathartic process new songs began to formulate, alongside a vision for a stripped down, raw, and honest album. In late 2018, in the season of dwindling daylight and snow, Every Seed Must Die, was recorded at Old Bear Studio in Batavia, NY the week before Christmas. Ash and Eric were grateful to work with producer Chris Hoisington who helped them compile a stunning collection of tracks that are unique for their intimate and restrained production. The delicate nature of the subject matter is explored through rich, heartfelt vocals laid over a soft quilt of finger-picked guitars, piano, cello, and Mellotron. The retro-inspired vibe is soul-soothing; listening to Ashley and Eric's delicately intertwined voices is an experience any lover of fine harmonies will appreciate.
The production and release of Every Seed Must Die was fully funded by The Promise is Hopes dedicated and beloved fan base. Their sophomore album was met with positive critical reception. Mother Church Pew says With spare,acoustic instrumentation enhanced by crisp and focused production, the pairs delicate harmonies are allowed to soar,a testament to their true musical talent; and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society has called the album breathtakingly stunning. No Depression declared, The songwriting on this album is exceptionalI come away from many of these [songs] cleansed.
Summer through winter 2019 saw the duo heavily touring their new songs to receptive and grateful rooms in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. In spring 2019, the pair have invited fans to join them on Patreon, where they are currently releasing two self-produced vlog series. Beyond the Song captures candid conversations between Ash and Eric inspired by the songs released on Every Seed Must Die. The Ketchup is a monthly, behind-the-scenes documentation of their life as a touring married couple. Their growing Patreon support will help fund the songwriting process for their anticipated third album, which they hope to release late 2020.
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