As if I did not have enough to do, as well as playing pipes and fiddle I have taken up the bodhran. I have noticed at sessions that when it is played well the bodhran compliments the other instruments.
I have found that using the bottom of the beater is fine for producing a rhythm to match the different time signatures, but I have taken to using both bottom and top to introduce a further dimension which enhances some tunes.
However, judging by some comments I remember reading on previous posts, using the top of the beater is frowned upon. I know that some people might say do what feels and fits best, but I would welcome any comments on the subject.