TENOR BANJO and MANDOLIN The tenor banjo was a common rhythm-instrument in early 20th-century dance-bands and in Ceili Bands of the period. The American five-string banjo came to Ireland in the nineteenth century, since that time many developments have taken place in the construction of the instrument today the most commonly used banjo in Irish music is the 4-string tenor banjo. Use of the tenor banjo and mandolin have increased greatly since the folk revival of the 1960’s both instruments are now becoming a very popular solo instruments in Irish music. The mandolin has the same basic tuning as the Banjo however the mandolin has 2 strings for each note. The pitch and fingering on the Mandolin is also the same as Tenor Banjo, therefore both are usually taught in the same class.