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Eileen & the In-Betweens Summer 2017 Tour: WE AIN’T GIVING UP

Social Change and Music (U.S. West Coast and Canada)

Eileen & the In-Betweens​ is a five-piece (guitar, upright bass, viola, piano, drums) social justice indie folk band based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Frontwoman Eileen Shaughnessy is a songwriter, activist, and Instructor at the University of New Mexico in the Sustainability Studies program. Eileen’s songs and activism are rooted in queer anti-oppression and environmental justice work and the desire to mobilize art as a tool for social change. In 2016, Eileen’s solo shows have included the NM Song Swap at Art of the Song Coffeehouse (nationally syndicated on NPR) and weekly performances at Java Joes. Eileen & the In-Betweens ​have performed for KUNM’s Ear to the Ground series, the Albuquerque Museum, and the Albuquerque’s Women’s March. 

In the summer of 2016, Eileen & the In-Betweens​ traveled across the Southern, Eastern and Midwestern United States for their Truth & Beauty Tour. They performed in 16 cities in collaboration with environmental and social justice groups, such as, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Diné No Nukes, and Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS). Eileen & the In-Betweens ​will continue in 2017 with their We Ain’t Giving Up Tour traversing the West Coast and Canada from June-August 2017 as a direct response to the rising tide of racism sexism, and transphobia around the world.

Tour Poster with art by Cathy Newth
Tour Poster with art by Cathy Newth

We Ain’t Giving Up is the title track of Eileen & the In-Between’s new album. "I wrote this song the week after the U.S. presidential election feeling fear and despair at the rising tide of racism, sexism, hatred, and xenophobia around the world. I wanted to write a song that was both truthful about those fears and also rooted in fierce resilience...a rallying cry for those of us committed to social justice and sustainability. We can do this, together. And no, we ain't giving up!"–Eileen. The We Ain’t Giving Up Tour will follow Eileen & the In-Between’s creative desire to collaborate with local environmental and social justice groups along their tour route, experimenting with music/art as a tool of social change. We Ain’t Giving Up will be hosted by Gender Reconciliation International in Seattle and with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) in Olympia, Washington.

Current Collaborators on the tour include:
-Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
-Gender Reconciliation International
-International Workers of the World (IWW)
-Nevada Desert Experience
-Trans-Resource Center of Las Vegas
-Canticle Farm in Oakland, CA
-Tasveer: South Asian Film Festival, Seattle
-Ladyfest in Placerville, CA

Money from Kickstarter will go directly towards the following costs:
Gas for our giant van: approximately $900-$1,000
Hotels/Lodging/Camping fees: approximately $700
Plane and train tickets for musicians to meet up with us: $400
Miscellaneous costs (parking, fees, equipment): $400

Eileen & the In-Betweens is:
Eileen Shaughnessy: guitar, vocals
Lazarus Letcher: viola, vocals
Ben Martinez: trumpet, keys, drums
Colin Baillio: pedal steel, guitar, keys
Tanya Nunez: upright bass, vocals
Cathy Newth: vocals

“[Eileen & the In-Betweens] has risen in my esteem to the top rank of Albuquerque artists. [Their] song craft is exceptional and is especially important now...in a time of bitterness and activist burnout a song that can energize and affirm is of particular value – Eileen’s catalog includes many....To me this underlines her commitment to giving her audiences something useful they can take with them after the lights come up, something constructive, perhaps even uplifting.”

— Matthew Finch, Music Director KUNM-FM, Albuquerque, NM

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of executing a tour of this magnitude are many. Weather, unforeseen challenges, sickness, and car trouble could all mean that our tour is impacted or altered. Regardless of those risks, we are dedicated to making it happen and to delivering all the rewards promised here!

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    A postcard from the road!

    We're bringing pens and postage stamps on tour and we'll send you a postcard from the road. Will yours arrive from Redmond? Placerville? Vancouver Island?

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    Everything is Alive Album (CD)

    A copy of Eileen & the In-Betweens' acclaimed sophomore album released in 2015. Mailed or hand-delivered.

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    You Know Album (CD)

    A classic! Eileen & the In-Betweens' very first album, released in 2010. Includes toe-tappers like "Freight Train" and "Walking with You". Mailed or hand-delivered.

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    Screen-Printed Handkerchief

    Your choice of a red (black background) or green (white background) screen-printed "Eileen & the In-Betweens" handkerchief featuring the fantastic "Everything is Alive" album art.

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    We Ain't Givin' Up Album (CD)

    Our brand-new album drops on May 26th! We'll mail you a copy or hand deliver it. We'll even sign it if you want.

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    Limited Edition Tour Poster

    Our beautiful color "We Ain't Givin' Up" tour poster featuring art by the talented Cathy Newth... see a sample image below. Make your wall the coolest wall by framing this and putting it on it.

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    Weekly email tour update

    On the road again. . .As we settle into our van seats, negotiate control of the stereo and try our best to resist bad road food, find out how it all turns out in our weekly updates from the road.

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    The Discography! (All 3 EIB Albums)

    All three albums released by Eileen & the In-Betweens: "You Know"(2010), "Everything is Alive"(2015), and "We Ain't Givin' Up"(2017)... soon to be platinum, soon to be yours.

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    Limited Edition Tour Poster (Signed!)

    Our beautiful color "We Ain't Givin' Up" tour poster featuring art by the talented Cathy Newth... see a sample image below. Special bonus: our scribbly John Hancocks. Will be worth 4 beanie babies someday.

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    Bass lesson

    Geek out with Tanya for an hour on her favorite instrument, the upright bass. Or learn a groovy bass-line on electric if you prefer.

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    Guitar/Banjo/Uke/Drum Lesson

    Learn some basics with Eileen on the instrument of your choice!

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    Skype with the band while on tour

    Catch up with us from the road in an anything goes 5 minute or so Skype or Facetime session with the band.

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    Tenderqueer Trio private show

    The trio version of Eileen and The In-Betweens (Eileen, Laz, and Tanya) will serenade you and your guests with a one hour acoustic set. You name the date and location, we'll be there with bells on.
    (Must be within New Mexico... or possibly on our tour route! Sorry we can't jet to Australia.)

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    Full band private performance

    We'll come to your house, yacht, ranch, ski lodge, or workplace and put on a one hour, high energy, We Ain't Givin' Up, heck of a good time show with the full band.
    (Must be within New Mexico... or possibly on our tour route! Sorry we can't jet to Australia.)

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    Personalized Song and Video

    Hey big spender... Eileen & the In-Betweens will write a song about whatever you desire (your cat? your crush? the demise of Donald Trump?) ... and perform it for you live and/or via a recorded video just for you.

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