Do bodhran players play other instruments?
I’m prompted to ask the question, having seen various comments here along the lines of "why don’t you learn a ‘proper’ instument?".
My own experience is that of the ‘drummers’ I know, about 2/3 play other instruments, often very well indeed. Maybe it’s a biased sample, in that they are just blerry good musicians anyway!
On the other hand, the bodhranists I’ve seen who appear to play only bodhran, do not play especially well. Maybe that’s no great surprise.
Those who can play another (melody) instrument have the advantage of knowing the tunes (assuming they do!), as well as being able to switch away from drum if there are too many .