Passed away June 20th, 2012 - Memorial Service was held at Gornal Wood Crematorium 11am Thusday 5th July 2012
There was a huge turn-out and touching tributes to Nigel - a wonderful individual taken too soon.

For all of you who were lucky enough to know Spud, please feel free to leave a message below...


wayne - Sunday July 31, 2016, 1:03 pm
I remember you from the pie factory Thursday nights singing away with you!! and sharing a pint and a few jokes with you!! rip matey!!

Ian Dawes - Saturday February 6, 2016, 1:22 pm
I knew spud around 20 years ago from his weekly slot at the Pie Factory in Tipton. A truly great entertainer and inspired me to get interested in Irish music. Sad to hear he is no longer with us. Thanks for some very memorble great nights out and some I can't remember at all.

Gary Peniket - Thursday October 15, 2015, 11:41 pm
Played at our wedding reception almost 20 years ago.. Made our day very special.. so sorry to hear this news, rest in peace Spud, you were simply brilliant.

sean coyne - Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:38 am
good god.wanted you to play at my 50th..... so sorry x

Matt Wilkes - Thursday May 7, 2015, 10:27 am
Still seems like yesterday we were having a beer and talking politics and music! Rest in peace brother - always in my thoughts.

Nij Gray ( the scruff poet). - Friday January 31, 2014, 12:37 am
I'm sittin here in me living room listening to an old recording of the Don O,Lee band. Dublin in the rare old times is the tune. I got to thinking about the good times we had watching this band. The memories are awesome. Thanks Spud miss ya fire brother. Xxx

Doug Allen - Monday January 13, 2014, 3:55 pm
I didn't know and words can't help. They were great times - Sundays in O'Donnells. A truly fine man, and a fine muscian.... I took my missus to see you play down the Pie factory on our first date 13 years ago. Romance and a song in my heart (An a pile of Guinness in my gut)....x

Rebecca kendall - Friday May 24, 2013, 10:12 am
Im so sorry to see this :( had some fantastic thursday nights in the pie factory. So so sad :( lots of love to teresa xx

matt beavon - Monday November 12, 2012, 8:18 pm
fantastic bloke and fantastic band. tryd lookin on youtube to find sum vids for a frnd and only found out today that spud had passed. holdin up a pint of the black stuff for ya buddy

glenn landers - Thursday October 18, 2012, 4:09 pm
some of the best nights i ever had. cheers spud x

Big Nige ( Scruff Poet) - Wednesday September 26, 2012, 1:32 pm
Don't know what to say probably the biggest influence on me musically.. excellent bloke.. Big hugs Teresa

Natalie - Friday August 17, 2012, 9:32 am
I am so sad to hear this news....have not seen the band for years and was looking them up to catch up again !! I feel blessed to have been a part of the "Pie Factory Years" and will always remember those times fondly !!!! x

Natalie - Friday August 17, 2012, 9:32 am
I am so sad to hear this news....have not seen the band for years and was looking them up to catch up again !! I feel blessed to have been a part of the "Pie Factory Years" and will always remember those times fondly !!!! x

Dave Ingles - Saturday July 28, 2012, 4:47 pm
Only just heard as I live in Spain now. To lose such talent and intelligence is sad, but when combined with Spud's sense of humour it's tragic.

David Reed - Tuesday July 17, 2012, 8:05 pm
I was very sad to hear of Spud's passing at such an early age. I haven't seen him for many years, but will never forget some great laughs with him, Leroy and Dave Lowe at The Lamp, The Three Crowns and the old JBs. A great musician and great fun.

Brett Huckfield - Thursday July 12, 2012, 8:22 am
When Leroy phoned me with the tragic news, I was shocked and deeply saddened to find out you were no longer with us, Spud!

Though I seldom saw you after those Modern Music guitar shop days, the memories I have of those times – the gigs, the hilarious nights in the Snooker Club, JB’s and The Lamp, are priceless!

And what a musician you were: two decades on I can still recall songs from your set: they were so memorable – the mark of a first class songwriter. Your great music, excellent voice and superb musicianship never quite took you to the dizzy heights of fame that you deserved, but even so you were one of the greats, mate!

Sorry Teresa, and everyone, that I couldn’t make it to the funeral, unfortunately I was out of the West Mids. at the time, but my thoughts are with you x

john morgan - Thursday July 12, 2012, 6:52 am
A good friend when I needed one.sorely missed

Andy Hughes - Monday July 9, 2012, 6:30 am
Many a good time, and many laughs had back in the early 90s in the van, and the changing room at JBs (old and new), also the Fountain, Gornal with the band and Baz the Inland Sailor. Spud you will be missed both as a, friend and as a musician. Teresa, my thoughts are now with you and Spuds family.

Bobby Magee - Saturday July 7, 2012, 1:20 pm
Love you uncle Nigel and will miss you love you loads blade xxxxxxxx

Nolan Watson - Saturday July 7, 2012, 7:04 am
Thursday nights in the pie!! Great times
Rip old mate

Sarah & Andy Sutherland - Friday July 6, 2012, 8:38 pm
So many great Sunday nights listening to you in moonies. Certain tunes will always bring you to mind. RIP.

Phil Kelly - Friday July 6, 2012, 6:29 pm
Some great nights in Moonies, will live on in everyone's memories, RIP

Maria Fitzgerald - Thursday July 5, 2012, 8:57 pm
Great memories of dancing the night away in Moonies! may you RIP Spud

Sean hickey - Thursday July 5, 2012, 6:50 pm
Quality Sunday nights in moonies, rip.

neil cummins - Thursday July 5, 2012, 1:51 pm
Will miss the songs, jokes the music and a friend. Don't start telling the Angels how to play there harps. R.I.P Spud.

Thug, youngy - Thursday July 5, 2012, 11:48 am
Only just herd, gutted, such a top man going to be missed by so many people spud RIP till we meet again
Take care youngy

John Cummins - Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:32 am
Thanks for so many happy times & memories spud, you were a true gent & friend & although we'd not been in touch you have & always will be in my thoughts. R.I.P Spud.

Anna-Maria McAuliffe - Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:18 am
Never thought you would be taken from us so soon. You touched my head and my heart immensely. The fun fun times that we had will never be forgotten by the many that shared them with you. Every gig was like it was your last ans we loved you for it. Mooney's was never the same again, espeically for your favourite bar top backing dancers!! A truly fantastic musician, a truly fantastic man. Much love to all his family and especially Teresa. From all the McAuliffe's, Wolverhampton.

billy basra - Wednesday July 4, 2012, 12:09 pm
loved your music at The Tipster Pub , Whitmore Reans , R.I.P. Spud

KANGA - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 10:25 pm

Mark Terry - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 10:06 pm
I was lucky enough to know Spud when he roadied for Sweet Jesus. I have many fond memories of those days, and particularly remember Spud's relentless mickey taking and huge laugh. He was responsible for an event I still talk about to this day. He talked me into doing the lighting at a Sweet Jesus gig up in Manchester. With no idea what I was doing, I hit the wrong button and turned all the stage lights off and couldn't get them back on. It wouldnt have been so bad but it also happened to be the very first gig Oasis ever played and it was reviewed in Melody Maker. I got my own special mention for the lights 'taking the piss'. Thanks Spud. Gone but never forgotten.

Vicky Ashmore - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 9:13 pm
Lived on the same estate and was in the same class at school for many years. RIP Nigel. xx

Julie Dunn - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:39 pm
I started infant school with Nigel and he always looked after me. We came off the same estate . RIP Nigel x

Ben B - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 7:38 pm
Such sad news, so sorry to hear about Spud. Hadn't seen him for a good few years, but when I think of Spud I always hear him in full, hilarious flow in his van on our journeys around the country. A one-off. Sympathy to Teresa and all Spud's family.

Trevor Donley - Tuesday July 3, 2012, 10:16 am
I am Nigel's Aussie uncle and I am devastated to know that Spud has passed on.
A gifted musician with a love for all things Irish.
Sympathies to Teresa and the rest of his grieving family- especially his Dad- my elder brother.
Trevor and Judy Donley- Traralgon Victoria Australia

Jo And Gary, Tasman, New Zealand - Monday July 2, 2012, 9:31 pm
Our love and thoughts are with his brokenhearted family. Such a terrible loss to you.

Tim Woodhall - Sunday July 1, 2012, 11:09 pm
this world is going to be a lot colder now brother .love and respect.

Lisa (Lois) O'Sullivan - Sunday July 1, 2012, 10:53 pm
More than a few miles travelled with Spud & Teresa in their van - and more than a few laughs on the journeys and during the gigs we were heading for!! What a terrible loss - much love to Teresa xx

Mike & Mary Bridge, family and friends - Sunday July 1, 2012, 7:27 pm
Precious memories - 3 great birthday parties. Spud's nicknames for some of our party - "Captain Torpedo" and "Bingo Bandit". We will never forget. Teresa - we saw your loving care last time we saw Spud in hospital.

Paul and Julia - Sunday July 1, 2012, 2:21 pm
An intelligent, warm, witty, talented musician with a big heart...fond memories of Spud. Sending love to Teresa xx

Peter & Ann Wilkes - Sunday July 1, 2012, 10:26 am
We shall always remember Nigel as a charismatic, warm and enthusiastic character whose friendship we truly valued. His premature departure has left a void in the lives of many. Our hearts go out to Teresa

pete and jean - Saturday June 30, 2012, 10:14 pm
one of lifes great characters will be sadly missed. our thoughts are with you teresa.

Jackie Kennedy - Saturday June 30, 2012, 2:24 pm
You'd walk into a gig, he'd nod at you and give you a cheeky smile..You just knew you'd be in for a great night. God Bless Spud xxx

mick & jackie murphy - Saturday June 30, 2012, 1:31 pm
will always remember the great nights at the pie factory.A wonderfull entertainer,funny,always a smile.our thought are with you teresa.sla'n go f'

Flan O'Briens - Friday June 29, 2012, 11:16 pm
You will be greatly missed Spud. We had some wonderful times at Flans over the years. Our love and thoughts are with you Teresa. X

Paula - Friday June 29, 2012, 8:05 pm
I worked at the kipper house in willenhall with Kevin and we had some fantastic nights, very late ones too, I was so sad to hear that Spud has gone, my thoughts are with Theresa, god bless xxxxx

paul shepherd - Friday June 29, 2012, 6:40 pm
a great friend, a fantastic musician,had the great pleasure of many great nights and gigs with him will miss him dearly love and best wishes to teresa and all the family irish music will never sound the same god bless you spud

Robin Brazenall - Friday June 29, 2012, 4:34 pm
I find it unbelievable that this intelligent funny and generous friend has gone from this earth..but not from the hearts of those that loved him..I can only hope that Teresa and family have the strength to live without his company but live with the joy of knowing and living with him. Nigel.."Spud"..I will miss you..!

Billy Garner - Friday June 29, 2012, 4:20 pm
I only heard yesterday. I can't believe, it. I have kept a tape of few of the hilariously threatening phone messages he used to leave me when I lived in Gornal......I miss the good times I spent with the band back in the early 90's drinking Guiness in the Bulls Head. God bless you Spud

Ken - Friday June 29, 2012, 1:53 pm
sadly missed.

Shane Walker - Friday June 29, 2012, 11:16 am
Sorry to hear the sad news - he will be sadly missed. Great guy!

Matt Wilkes - Friday June 29, 2012, 11:00 am
A brilliant musician and a great friend taken too soon. He was endlessly entertaining whether on stage or just having a pint. You are sadly missed by everyone who met you mate! Our prayers are with Teresa. God bless