2008 Gala

Ben Taylor headlines Skaneateles Area Arts Council 2006 Gala

Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor Headline Skaneateles Area Arts Council 2008 Gala

Skaneateles Area Arts Council is pleased to present Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor, together with David Saw, at the fourth annual gala, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, held on Sunday, July 20, 2008. The outdoor gala will be held on the shore at the beautiful lakeside estate of Stella Maris Retreat Center, a former Roosevelt mansion on Skaneateles Lake. The gala is 6:00-10:00 p.m and features cocktails, dinner, and a concert by Ben and Sally Taylor, and David Saw, on the lake.

Ben Taylor, who is returning for an encore performance after his sell-out show at the gala in 2006, has enjoyed a rapid rise in his career as a singer-songwriter. He has recorded five albums including his latest release, The Legend of Kung Folk. He has performed with Sheryl Crow, Boz Skaggs, James Taylor, Sonya Kitchell, Josh Groban, and Carly Simon, as well as at “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,”Oprah, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The CBS Morning Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Howard Stern. He also performed on Fox’s Choice Awards and Bravo’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards, among other specials. He’s also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dream. Ben and Sally are the offspring of Grammy-winning musical icons Carly Simon and James Taylor. (Ben Taylor; photo credit-Iris Records)

Sally Taylor, born Sarah Maria Taylor, is a singer/songwriter whose mellow work is noted for witty vocals and strong writing. She has recorded three albums: Tomboy Bride, Apt. #6S , and Shotgun. Taylor is the subject of the last song, “Sarah Maria”, on James Taylor’s album Gorilla. She is married to Dean Bragonier, and has a son, Bodhi Taylor Bragonier.

David Saw is a British singer/songwriter whose second album and U.S. debut, Broken Down Figure, was released in March 2008 on Ben Taylor’s Iris Records. The CD features beautifully arranged melodies, captivating vocals, exceptional musicianship and honest lyrics, and has heightened Saw’s status in the singer/songwriter community. Two of Saw’s songs were recorded by Carly Simon and are featured on her critically acclaimed 2007 album, Into White. Saw also released A Different Story and has performed with Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, and at Glastonbury, UK – the largest annual greenfield music and arts festival in the world.


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