– about

Lauren sings into a microphone with her eyes closed. She is playing a guitar and is wearing an ivory buttoned-up blouse, along with her compass necklace.

writing a biography about yourself is really hard, good grief

well, if i ever get around to all that, it’ll go here!!!

Seven women play as a band on stage; from the left, a woman with a red cardigan and white hair plays an Irish drum, an auburn-haired woman wearing jeans and a dark purple hoodie plays clarinet, a woman wearing a green long-sleeved shirt and multicolored skirt plays banjo and sings, a woman with short and wavy brown hair plays a big pedal harp, a woman with purple and blue hair in a matching dress plays violin, a brown-haired woman in a blue t-shirt and jeans looks up into the distance, and a tall woman in a red jacket with rainbow sleeves plays mandolin.

Mini Concert, Ohio Valley Filk Festival, October 2022

from 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

Four friends stand side by side with grass in the foreground and water in the background. From left to right: Gray, a person in a yellow, floral-patterned skirt and black tank top with black glasses and tattoos, holds a fiddle; Sage, a person with short, dark brown hair, pointy dangling earrings, and a mauve patterned long dress, holds a black guitar; Emily, a woman with long brown hair with straight-across bangs and a patterned burgundy dress holds a dark brown guitar; and Lauren, a woman with mid-length brown hair with straight-across bangs and black glasses, wearing an indigo skort and beige cropped t-shirt, holds a vintage sunburst guitar.

The Starlight Darlins

from left to right: Gray Buchanan (they/them), Sage Christie (they/them), 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 Sage 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.