His passion for acoustic sounds resulted in the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle." Its 10 songs point towards the idea of hope in the dark. This is seen in the album art and its emblem of a lantern. The album was mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead's "Street Spirit"; Muse's "Feeling Good"). The Fire & The Icicle was then mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios.
Reviews for "The Fire & The Icicle":
"...A heart-warming, folk-pop march into the light. Winston is soulful to the tips of his toes." - MATT BELL, THE SUN
"A key element of the album is that it features a wide variety of unusual instruments like a Celtic harp, a Victorian dulcitone, mandolins, even [Sam's] uncle's 100 year old accordion." - THE NEWS SHOPPER
"Winston is a class act" - THE SOUTH LONDON PRESS