writing a biography about yourself is really hard, good grief
like, really hard! this is so much space to fill up—what was i thinking
Stage 11 concert at Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS, September 2022
Mini Concert, Ohio Valley Filk Festival, October 2022from left to right: Brenda Sutton, bodhrán; Dr. Mary Crowell, clarinet; Lauren Oxford, banjo; Jen Midkiff, harp; Sunnie Larsen, violin; Cathy McManamon, recorder; Dr. Cat Faber, mandolin
more bio will go here? maybe? if i ever get around to actually finishing this ding dang website
Self-portrait outtake for album art photoshoot, August 2022
The Starlight Darlinsfrom left to right: Gray Buchanan (they/them), Siena Christie (they/she), Emily Johnson-Erday (she/her), and Lauren Oxford (she/her)
Lauren is also one-fourth of folk “queertet” The Starlight Darlins, who formed at Walnut Valley Festival in 2022. She first met Siena and Emily at John McCutcheon’s songwriting camp in August of 2021, where the three became instant lifelong friends. When they all convened at Winfield the next year, Emily’s longtime friend Gray was enveloped into the cluster, and the four musicians threw together a four-part harmony set of originals for their concert on Stage 11, Winfield’s songwriter stage. Their live EP, The Winfield Sessions, Vol. 1, was recorded in one take around one mic in a recording studio on wheels at the festival and released in December of 2022. Countless Zoom calls and song swaps later, The Darlins embarked on their first tour together February 1-11, 2023, with shows in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Morgantown, and Knoxville. Their second tour was April 6-14, 2023, in the Pacific Northwest.