Click here to listen to tracks from the 16-Song CD, Charlestown, released by The Immigrants on Railway House Records in 1994.

Bill with Rickenbacker

Music Page

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The Immigrants

The Immigrants

The Immigrants are an underground band consisting of Bill Sheridan on guitar and his brother, Dan, on drums.


New Wave Irish-1988

Click Here to read article about illegal Irish immigrants from 1988 by Dan Sheridan, drummer in The Immigrants.


Saving Pvt. Sheridan

The Charlestown CD is dedicated to our dad, Alfred D. Sheridan, and to the veterans of the 90th Infantry Division who fought in World War II. www.SavingPrivateSheridan.com

Jack Lynch

Dedication Page

The Immigrant website is dedicated to our great-grandfather, Jack Lynch, an Irish immigrant killed on the job in a NYC sewer on August 26, 1908. Click here to read article in the NY Sun.

Immigrant Drum Stick

Different Drummer

Drew Friedman & The Different Drummer Poster

by Dan Sheridan ~ drummer in The Immigrants

March 6, 2014

By some miracle, I found a copy of The Different Drummer poster on Drew Friedman's Website. I looked for it everywhere, but could only find a photograph or two with it in the background.

Drew Friedman put the following comment:

This large, delightful poster featuring Paul Sigenlaub, one of the owners of the Different Drummer,  designed by J. C. Suraes and photographed by Bill English, hung in my Great Neck boyhood bedroom for several years, upsetting, disturbing and confusing frequent adult guests, including my grandmother, our housekeeper Mrs. Sullivan, and various friends and relatives. To all of them, I sincerely apologize.
Drew Friedman

I sent a request to Drew for permission to use his copy of The Different Drummer poster.

For years and years, this poster hung in our rehearsal space while working on songs for our band, The Immigrants. It sat behind my Gretsch drum-kit. I tried to be The Different Drummer.

Now I've gone and written a short satire inspired by this same poster, but I looked and looked and could not find it anywhere...

Unfortunately, all I could find was a photo of my brother Bill holding his Rickenbacker guitar - in the background you can see The Different Drummer Poster.

Drew, can I have permission to download this image of The Different Drummer for my sure-to-be-rejected-satire to TNY?

Different DrummerRodney Dangerfield's Tombstone: There goes The Neighborhood!

Thanks for posting this memorable image!

Dan Sheridan
Writer/inept drummer in The Immigrants.


March 8, 2014

Great news – Drew Friedman graciously responded to my request to use his image of The Different Drummer poster.

"Yes, you certainly have permission."

Mort DruckerApril 11, 2020
Saturday 6:04am – While reading an obit in the NYT about Matt Drucker from Mad Magazine – I see a quote from none other than Drew Friedman.

Excerpt from article in The New York Times by J. Hoberman (April 9, 2020)

Mort Drucker, a longtime contributor to Mad magazine known for his caricatures of actors, politicians and other celebrities, died on Thursday at his home in Woodbury, N.Y. He was 91.

Mr. Drucker, who specialized in illustrating Mad’s movie and television satires, inspired several generations of cartoonists. “To me, he’s the guy,” the caricaturist Drew Friedman said. “I used to imitate his work in Mad when I was a kid. I wanted to be Mort Drucker; I even loved his name.”

Linda RondstadtRest in peace, Mort Drucker. I’m still a juvenile delinquent who subscribes to Mad Magazine – see selected recent issues. I think of Drew Friedman’s kind permission to use his Different Drummer poster years ago. The same poster we kept in our rehearsal studio, our inspiration…

Then I listen to the Different Drum, sung by Linda Rondstadt – on the ride home from work. The DJ mentions Mike Nesmith from The Monkees wrote the song.
You and I travel to the beat of a different drum...


Charlie and My Gretsch Kit


Mad Mag

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The Immigrants

These newcomers sport an intriguing sound with an incantatory edge not too far short of compelling...

The Immigrants

Their melodic instincts are quite keen and the vocalist's phrasing is original and chuck full of irresistible hooks. The next Morphine?

The Immigrants

Amazingly unpretentious music from this duo... if you like smart pop delivered in a straight forward fashion with no frills or gimmicks, you'll want to check out The Immigrants...

The Immigrants

My favorite tunes here are "Jackie Boy," "Changemaker," and "Shot to Pieces." This here thing goes to show how cool underground music really can be.

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