Tunes on the mandolin
I’m a tenor banjo player that moonlights on the mandolin, mostly for Andy Irvine-type songs and tunes, but lately I’ve been increasingly more interested in playing Irish dance music on it. Are there any well-known session mando-players out there? It seems like little work has been done post-Planxty with the mandolin in Irish music (I could be mistaken here), especially when it comes to straight-up trad. tunes.
I remember Mike Keyes commenting some time ago that he felt a mandolin played like a tenor banjo sounded thin and derivative. So what do you session.org mando players do: play it like a tenor banjo with lots of triplets? Do you use partial chords in the tune, double stops, drone strings? Fiddle ornamentation?