Folk artist who was known for his intensely spiritual and personal music that was rooted in his liberal Christianity.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969. He honed his performing skills at Ann Arbor coffeehouse The Ark while in college.
He contributed music to The Velveteen Rabbit, a 1990 ballet based on the classic children's story.
He fathered a daughter, Elizabeth, who suffered from an orthopedic condition. He wrote the songs Alleluia, The Great Storm Is Over and Love Bravely, Elizabeth with her in mind.
His songs were covered by many artists, including Kathy Mattea, Peter, Paul and Mary, and June Tabor.