Rocking and Rolling With Rev. Thunderbear

August 27th, 2013
Recent photo of Reverend Thunderbear

Recent photo of Reverend Thunderbear

What is the Rev. Thunderbear Traveling Roadshow (RTTR)? It’s a band headed up by Bill Barrett, a recent Woodstock returnee. Joining Bill are John Coghill on bass, Ian Snyder on lead guitar and Russell Riley on drums. Barrett is a fan of impassioned three-hour sets and his musical taste ranges from straight-ahead Rock ’n’ Roll to Reggae and Swing. He played a great date in July at the Colony.

Bill arrived in town in 1974 from Hollis, Queens. He recalled in a recent phone conversation that “my mother kept a guitar around the house, and loved to sing the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.” Around this time he purchased Great Songs of Lennon & McCartney. His repertoire expanded to Rolling Stones songs as well. Bill was an early fan of the Marc Black Trio, and caught them in concert at the Woodstocker and the Joyous Lake.

Barrett attended Onteora and joined a band. They played their first concert during Spring Fest in 1979. Upon graduation from Onteora, Bill attended SUNY New Paltz for a year before leaving in 1981 to pursue a musical career in New York City. He played for a time with the Underground Press and began writing songs. With demos in hand he pursued his dream all the way to London. When success didn’t follow he decided to switch gears and got a regular job in the States, but he never gave up his playing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

August 1st, 2013
A gas-drilling rig in Hopewell Township area; photo by Scott Goldsmith on June 21, 2010

A gas-drilling rig in Hopewell Township area; photo by Scott Goldsmith on June 21, 2010

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) exhibition, is in its final weeks (June 29 to August 18, 2013). The show is curated by Laura Domencic, director of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. This photographic survey, compiled over ten months beginning in late 2011, features the works of six world-class photographers: Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial. They took the responsibility of documenting the lives of Pennsylvanians affected by natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

The show debuted at the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts in Oct. 2012 and seeks to draw on the power of photography to inform and move public opinion on the issue of hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking” as it is more commonly known. It follows a photographic tradition, established in 1935, when the U.S. government initiated the Farm Security Administration, which sent a group of photographers to document the conditions of those affected by the Great Depression. Just as the resulting photographs humanized the tragic stories of loss and deprivation in the mid-twentieth century, enabling the nation to become unified in its understanding of the era it was experiencing, the photographers featured here help visualize one of the most contentious issues of our time—our struggle between our need for energy and our stewardship of the natural environment.

There is an online archive.  CPW is located at 59 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY and the galleries are free and open to the public, Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For directions or further information call 845-679-9957 or email