Double bassist known for his long-time collaboration partnership with Richard Thompson and John Martyn.
He took up guitar, mandolin, trumpet, and trombone before learning how to play double bass.
He was the recipient of a 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
He raised a son named Dan with his wife Daphne.
He toured as a bass guitarist with Roy Orbison in 1963.