found out on saturday night, and the news was just a hard thing. though I've loved his work for years, I never got to see him play live. nevertheless, I saw a DVD of one performance, and repeatedly watched (and endlessly suggested to friends to see) his youtube performance of One Vessel, singing into the mandolin. a magnificent and inspiring performer, as well as writer/player/singer, whose love for the work is clear and sacred. for a while I was covering Down to the Water, and on Monday I sang it again. it never failed/s to capture the hearts of listeners. we will all miss him and his brave musical spirit. blessings on your journey.