Huddersfield singer-songwriter releases album in aid of local mental health charity

Local musician Spencer Wilson, who performs under the name The Dead Poet, has this week released a new album and is donating 100% of the profits to Huddersfield mental health charity Platform 1.

Titled ‘All My Ghosts’, the album comprises nine tracks and was recorded at GN Studios, Milnsbridge.

Spencer has been writing for around five years, with previous releases including Urbanista and Sirens and Sentinels (which you can find here). His work spans various genres, taking in 90s indie and dipping a toe into country, but one thing they all have in common is that they tell a story.

Each song has an accompanying short story

One song, in particular, comes with a story that saw Spencer go from performing in front of 20 people to a crowd of 2000.

Ballad of the Wild Flowers, the eighth track on the album, saw Spencer invited to perform at a music festival in the town of Woodstock, Alabama, by the town’s Mayor. The song was used to launch a partnership with Alabama Suicide Prevention, and it was this experience that led to Spencer contacting Platform 1 about supporting a mental health charity closer to home.

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The album can be bought digitally, of course, but is also available as a CD – perfect for those of us who pine for the days of physically getting our hands on a new album. Tracks can be purchased individually for £1.50 (and you can even stream a 30-second snippet for free), or £10 for the whole album.

It’s not every day that an album is accompanied by its own book! The 32-page companion of ‘All My Ghosts’ contains the lyrics to the nine album tracks, along with a short story for each one:

“The book is the gateway to knowing everything about All my Ghosts. Everything written spans love, loss, hope, happiness, hurt, nostalgia and the general reflections and contemplations we all have in our quiet moments,” Spencer explains. “Whether lyric or prose everything is from the heart.”

Anyone who buys the book (£22) will receive a copy of the CD alongside it.

Spencer decided early on in the creative process for the album that he wanted to donate 100% of the proceeds for the release month to Platform 1. That’s from sales of the album and tracks digitally, as well as physical copies of the CD and book. He hopes to raise £1500 through his sales.

So why Platform 1?

Platform 1 has been doing great work for a long time to support men with mental health issues, but the Covid pandemic has increased the need for such support as the number of those suffering mental health issues has soared. This only goes to put further pressure on charities such as Platform 1.

Spencer Wilson – The Dead Poet
Spencer Wilson aka The Dead Poet performed three tracks from All My Ghosts at a recent open mic event

Since its inception in 2018, unsurprisingly based just off the tracks at Huddersfield railway station, Platform 1 has been a mental health and crisis charity set up to help men with complex needs. In the past year, they have expanded to provide support to women, too.

They provide support to people from all walks of life and for all sorts of reasons. Unlike the majority of mental health services, Platform 1 can offer support to people with a dual diagnosis – that being, mental health issues as well as addiction.

You can find out more about the important work Platform 1 is doing, as well as how to access services, on their website: Platform 1.

There are three ways you can help Spencer to raise funds for Platform 1. Remember that 100% of what you pay during May 2022 will go toward the Platform 1 donation.

  • Buy songs or the whole album digitally here
  • Buy an actual CD to hold in your hands here
  • Buy a book which comes with a CD (there are only 150 copies of the book) here

You can keep up with The Dead Poet on Instagram and Twitter.

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