Something Wonderful in My Back Yard is a sparkling new crowd-funded musical! This songbook contains the first songs from the musical with parts for piano or guitar accompaniment. We’ve also included knitting patterns for Carbon Dioxide Particles, approaches to guerrilla gardening and a recipe for gullible stew.

Regen SW is developing Something Wonderful in My Back Yard – A sparkling new crowd-funded musical!

Think of a musical and you might imagine the romance of West Side Story or the razzle dazzle of Chicago. But this new musical [currently being written] has a different setting and tackles a very different subject: how do a motley group of ordinary, argumentative people persuade their make-do-and-mend, muddle-through market town to embrace community food and energy schemes and become more resilient?

Writer Matt Harvey and composer Thomas Hewitt Jones are well known in their fields – and their allotments – and have previously collaborated on The Same Flame (published by Boosey & Hawkes) and the musical Rumpelstiltskin.

Matt and Thomas have been talking to people involved in community energy groups and the Transition network about to develop this heartening new story for our times.

You can download a FREE e-copy of the SWIMBY Songbook right here! We’ve been working with lots of people to trial the songs and you can see all the songs being trialled here in the November 2015 Early Material Show.

Thank you to NatureSave Tust for helping us to publish this songbook and thanks to Arts Council England and The Big Lottery Fund for supporting the development of the project to date.

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