UPDATE: I exchanged some email with Phil Blank, artist and accordion player, about the collective. Here's his explanation.
"Nice to hear from you. I had seen your blog before and dig it. "mix of skill levels"- ha! yes I guess that's one way to say it. As the accordion player I probably represent one extreme of those levels but hey, I'm having fun.Hat tip to YouTube user Accordiannutz for posting this video and a stack of others.
The WNKC is a group of folks who just get together occasionally and play off of a core repetoire of trad klezmer. We all live near Carrboro NC. My idea was that instead of band, we would be a loose affiliation of folks who could come and go as they please. I thought this might be an interesting way of building a community- slightly different than the sort you get in a traditional "band" situation. So far so good. Yup, it was a practice, right after we all had some tasty pickled eggplant, mushroom flatbreads, fried cheese thingies and some other tasty stuff I can't