John Clarke reflects on life as Fred Dagg

Clarke isn’t sure exactly why his gumbooted creation struck such a chord. “I do think, though, that very often in life I’ve met people who were subtle and unsubtle simultaneously, obvious and surreal, saying nothing and talking interestingly. It’s not the subject matter that’s the thing, it’s the music, the playfulness. That’s all there in Fred, my affection for that. Fred Dagg is a ‘yes’ game, and the best conversations are.”