Galilee is a spiritual that draws from both Gospel and Appalachian song traditions. David Arbury grew up steeped in high Anglican church music, but in Washington, both Gospel and Appalachian music were always just over the next hillside, and somehow it felt like coming home to finally give them both voice in his music. The text is original – though clearly with great debt to many classic spirituals – and tells the story of Jesus’ last instructions to his disciples in the Gospel of John.

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