Minta came into existence in Lisbon in the late aughts – back when MySpace was all the rage – as an outlet for singer-songwriter Francisca Cortesão’s home recordings. Soon, as the solo act developed into a band, Minta & The Brook Trout were formed.
Minta & The Brook Trout have released three full-length records to date, a self-titled debut in 2009, Olympia, in 2012 and Slow, in 2016, all produced by Cortesão and Mariana Ricardo, the band's bass and ukulele player, as well as a few EPs. Olympia and Slow have since been re-released in the US, on Philadelphia based Hope For The Tape Deck and Oakland's Gaylord's Party Music.
These days, Minta & The Brook Trout is a five-piece band: Francisca Cortesão, Mariana Ricardo, Bruno Pernadas, Margarida Campelo and Tomás Sousa.